Another week of extreme heat
Another week of triple-digit temperatures is here.
The good news? There is some relief in sight. But we have to wait another six to eight days until we feel it. However, it gives us all reason for hope slight Cooler temperatures with reduced rain chances come the 4th of July.
Much of Texas remains under a heat advisory or extreme heat warning through Monday evening. There is a good chance it will be extended to Tuesday and Wednesday.
Heat index values could reach 110 degrees and above, something we have become accustomed to over the past few weeks. However, practicing thermal safety will be key to overcoming this problem.
An unusually strong “heat dome” of high atmospheric pressure anchored over the state will continue at least through the end of the week.
What is different this week, compared to last week, is that the high pressure cell will be directly overhead (the evidence of this is the clear sky). Basically, we’ll see hotter temperatures, but lower dew points, which means it’ll feel a little less humid. So he won’t feel it like Oppressive as he did last week.
However, it would still be miserable hot. After all, it’s summer in Texas!
Where is the comfort?
Well, I’m glad you asked. I feel more comfortable with the idea that the ridge will collapse by next weekend and move east. There is a lot of support among models for this to happen.
However, we should see temperatures “only” in the upper 90s by the end of the week, with a “slight” chance of rain once again in the extended forecast. Regardless of the slight chill, heat index values will still be well above 100 degrees.
For those of you planning for the Fourth of July, I’m planning for temperatures in the upper 90s, partly cloudy skies, and heat index values near 105 degrees. As of now, a 20% to 30% chance of rain seems reasonable.
We urge caution this week. There will be a greater risk of heat-related illness in those who spend long periods of time outdoors and do not stay hydrated.
To stay safe, remember to drink plenty of water and drinks that contain electrolytes. Also, you should wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and avoid staying in the sun during peak heat hours during the day.
If you need to be outside, use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every two hours.
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