A “cool” front is slowly making its way south across the northern half of the state this morning. While it won’t make a huge dent in temperatures, it will knock them back down into a more normal range for the next few days.  Showers and storms are expected to form along and ahead of the cool front as it moves across north Texas later this afternoon and evening.  At this point, a majority of the storms look to form across parts of northeast Texas where we have a Slight Risk (Level 2) in place, but we are expecting to see at least some scattered activity across north central Texas and further west along the frontal boundary.  The front itself will likely wash out before it reaches the coast, but behind the front, we will see a couple of days with drier, less humid, air and more comfortable temperatures before we begin to heat back up again by the middle of next week.  Overall rain chances remain slim, with the best coverage of rain across northeast Texas over the next 24 hours.  Tomorrow, we’ll see chances across the western half of the state and additional chances possible on Monday across parts of western north Texas.  We’ll take whatever we can get, for sure!

The main focus for today will be the widespread HOT conditions out ahead of the front.  Heat Advisories are in place today across all of the DFW area…and also across much of west central and western Texas.  Heat index values between 105 degrees and as high as 116 degrees will be widespread across these regions, so take extra precautions if you must be outdoors this afternoon.  Hunker down and sit by the A/C if you can.  Drink lots of water and try to stay out of the direct sun if you’re planning to be outdoors this afternoon.  Also be sure outdoor pets have plenty of water and some shade…and be sure to check on elderly neighbors to be sure they are staying safe and cool. Unfortunately, high pressure will strengthen over our state towards the middle of next week, so we’ll be looking at increasing temps as we head through the week ahead.