Record to near record highs are expected over the holiday weekend for quite a few areas across the state.  Most impacted areas will be across the western half of the state and down into the Rio Grande Valley region where highs in the low 100s will be widespread across these regions.  We’re not expected much in the way of rainfall this weekend with an upper level ridge expected to strengthen each day. Outside of a few popcorn showers later this afternoon across far southeast Texas, and a chance for a few pop-up storms across the panhandle tomorrow afternoon and again on Monday afternoon, we’ll be mostly dry.  The main weather impacts this weekend…and beyond…will be the relentless heat.  Take extra precautions if you’re planning on extended outdoor activities this weekend.  Stay hydrated and try to avoid being out during peak heating between 3pm and about 7pm.  Also be sure outdoor pets have adequate fresh water and shade.  Last but not least, please please please check the backseat and do not leave children or pets in the car for any amount of time…even with the car running!

For those planning a trip to the beach this weekend to escape the heat, be sure to check out the water quality at the following link.  So far, water quality looks good for this holiday weekend!