Posted: Jul 29, 2012 2:34 PM by Meteorologist Juan Acuña
Updated: Jul 29, 2012 10:43 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The "dog days" of summer are in full swing right here in the Coastal Bend as a stubborn high pressure ridge continues to mount right over most of the central and south-central portion of the United States. With this pattern firmly in place, our forecast is not expected to change much for the next several days. Mostly sunny and hot afternoons along with warm nights will pretty much stick with us for now.
This afternoon we have a few clouds that continue to stream on in from the Gulf of Mexico and temperatures are once again in the upper 90's with heat index values well into the triple digits. There are two upper level low disturbances, one in the southern and another in the northern Gulf of Mexico, which will continue to move in an easterly direction that may kick off some showers along the coast near Houston and another area near the Brownsville area. Some of those showers will try to migrate towards the Coastal Bend; however, with a dry air mass that remains in control of our area, unfortunately most of that activity will diminish or quickly fizzle out before making it to our region.
Tonight, there will be mostly clear skies with a few clouds that will roll in during the overnight hours. Temperatures will hover near the mid to upper 70's for most of the Coastal Bend with winds fairly light out of the southeast around 5-10 miles per hour.
For the start of the work week, the sizzling heat trend will continue as we look for mostly sunny skies with only a few high clouds and temperatures reaching well into the upper 90's. Heat index values will once again surpass the century mark and climb into dangerous levels around 105-110 degrees. Please be sure to drink plenty of water, wear loose clothing, and seek shaded spots frequently to avoid heat exhaustion if you have any outdoor activities planned. Also, be sure to make sure that your outdoor pets have a place to get some shade and keep some fresh water for them to keep hydrated as well.
Rain chances for the remainder of the week will be very slim and almost non-existent as the dry high pressure ridge just will not allow any rain to develop across the area. Our only chance will be in the morning and late afternoon along the seabreeze that may stream a light shower along the coast. Overall, dry conditions will persist as temperatures remain in the upper 90's in the afternoon hours and mid to upper 70's during the night.
Have a great Sunday and upcoming work week!
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