Record breaking heat is here

Posted at 9:26 AM, Jul 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-23 10:26:20-04

Records across South Texas are expected to fall as the most intense heat so far this year grips the state.

Hot, hot, hot

Monday looks to be the hottest day over the next seven, but the temperatures will fall to the low 90s as we go through the week. 

Monday’s high will be in the upper 90s for Corpus Christi, likely either tying or breaking the record high of 98 degrees. The heat index will far surpass this mark with feels like temperatures in the 110-115 degree range for most of the afternoon. Even by dinnertime, it will still feel like it’s well over 100 degrees. 
If you plan to be outdoors, make sure to take very frequent breaks in the air conditioning and drink lots of liquids. This cannot be over-stressed. This will be the hottest day that we’ve seen so far this year. 

Keep your pets in mind as well. If they are regularly outside, bring them indoors during the peak heating of the day. You might want to avoid a walk today too. If the pavement is hot on our feet, it’s also hot on theirs. 

The intensity of the heat will have the potential to lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke very quickly. Signs of heat exhaustion include sweating profusely, muscle cramps, dizziness or fainting, and nausea or vomiting. Heat stroke on the other hand is characterized by a sudden stop in the sweating, a rapid, strong pulse, nausea or vomiting, and eventually the loss of consciousness. Take these threats seriously today.

We’ll then start a bit of a cool down tomorrow with temperatures being closer to average for the rest of the week. That will still be enough to produce high heat index values though.

Tuesday: Rain Chance?

Tuesday may actually bring a couple of stray showers to the region. Just enough ingredients will come together in the afternoon to squeeze out one or two showers. They’ll be brief, but cross your fingers—you just might get one. As for the rest of us, we’ll just see a few more clouds in the sky.