CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A large dome of upper-air high pressure centered over northwestern Mexico continues to dominate weather over the southern and southwestern U.S.
The combination of heat and humidity over the Coastal Bend prompted a heat advisory Monday. The extreme heat will persist through early next week.
The dominant upper-level ridge extends across South Texas, and only intensifies its grip over the region late in the week and through the weekend.
The only opportunity for rain comes on Tuesday, as a weak disturbance glides across Southeast Texas.
Only a few brief showers will dot our coastal counties; otherwise, the region will remain hot and rain-free.
Thereafter, the strengthening upper-level ridge will push afternoon air temperatures into the upper 90s, with 105 to 109 expected in the Brush Country to our west.
Overnight lows in the upper-70s-to-near-80 will provide little relief from the heat stress.
This is a good time to give extra water, ventilation and shade to outdoor animals.
It is especially good to keep a watchful eye on the very young, very old and otherwise ill people who require adequate water, cooling and ventilation.
Remember that heat is the silent killer.