Posted: Aug 11, 2012 2:19 PM by Meteorologist Juan Acuña
Updated: Aug 11, 2012 6:41 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A beautiful day for the "Sparkling City by the Sea" as we have yet another day of mostly sunny skies and very hot temperatures across the region. Heat index values are once again approaching the dangerous zone of 110 degrees for most areas this Saturday afternoon. Please note that if you have any outdoor activities planned, such as visiting area beaches or a jog, be sure to take and drink plenty of water and wear loose clothing to keep cool and hydrated. Also, if you have any outdoor pets, a shaded spot and a big bowl of water will be good for them as well to help beat the heat.
Tonight I expect the winds to drop down a bit, but not entirely calm, which will allow temperatures to drop mainly in the mid to upper 70's under mostly clear skies. It will still be muggy and warm though if you have evening plans to think about.
Sunday will almost be a carbon-copy of today with more sunshine, more heat, and another day of dry weather. We'll look for a high approaching the century mark once again at 99 degrees with winds out of the southeast at 10-20 miles per hour.
The start of the work week will still have hot temperatures, but the dry high over our region will begin to break up and allow more moisture to creep into the area and will aid in dropping our highs just a few degrees in the afternoon hours. Clouds will slowly begin to pick up throughout the week as well with a good chance of seeing some scattered showers and thunderstorms by Friday and on into next weekend. It's also worth mentioning that a few isolated thunderstorms could pick up in the area on Tuesday with an associated tropical wave we are monitoring in the Caribbean.
Going to the tropics, Tropical Depression number seven has been downgraded to only a tropical wave as it enters an unfavorable environment for tropical cyclone development. This system will continue to push towards the west into the Gulf of Mexico and as previously mentioned, could give us a slight opportunity of some isolated, not widespread, rainfall on Tuesday of next week. There is another area of disturbed weather way out in the eastern Atlantic that is still very disorganized and poses no threat to the United States. The National Hurricane Center only has a ten percent chance of development in the 48-hours.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and upcoming work week! Stay cool!
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