Drought worsens, slight rain chances this weekend

Posted at 6:02 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 19:02:52-04

Spotty rainfall the past few days hasn't helped our drought which continues to worsen across south Texas with the severe to extreme drought area expanding. We need widespread, meaningful rainfall which at this time is not in the forecast. However, there is a chance of spotty showers and t-storms as we head into the weekend as moisture increases slightly, now that our ridge of high pressure aloft is backing off to the northwest. Temperatures will come down slightly through Saturday but will go up again Sunday as a slot of drier air moves in ahead of a tropical wave of low pressure which is moving in from the east. This wave will increase our tropical moisture from Monday into Tuesday and will give us a slightly better chance of rain and bring temperatures down slightly. In the tropics, Hurricane Dorian continues to track to the northwest, well east of the Bahamas and is expected to intensify and turn toward the west, heading into Florida Monday as a major hurricane. It's still possible that the track will change in the next few days which we'll continue to watch.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy with lows in the mid 70s inland to near 80 at the beaches and southeast winds at 6-12 mph.

Friday-Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a shower or t-storm and highs at well inland, mid 90s in Corpus Christi and upper 80s at the beaches and east-southeast winds at 8-16 mph. Heat indices will reach 103-108.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot with highs from 100-102 well inland, upper 90s in Corpus Christi and near 90 at the beaches with an east to northeast wind at 6-13 mph. Heat indices will reach 101 to 106.

Monday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and t-storms and east-northeast winds at 8-16 mph. Highs will reach the upper 90s well inland, mid 90s in Corpus Christi and upper 80s at the beaches.