We have a slight chance of t-storms Thursday as an upper level disturbance moves through south Texas. The isolated storm chance continues Friday but unfortunately, most areas will remain dry as we head into the weekend and the hot, humid weather continues. The tropical system in the Gulf is expected to turn into a tropical storm by Thursday afternoon and a hurricane Friday night or early Saturday. There is still some uncertainty on it's path but most forecast models turn it north and into Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center has issued Tropical Storm and Hurricane Watches for the Louisiana coastline. Heavy rain and flooding is the greatest threat with this storm with 6-12 inches of rainfall, locally up to 18 inches and a potential storm surge of 3-6 feet.
For the Coastal Bend, we will be on the back side of the circulation with northerly winds Saturday and Sunday which will give us plenty of sunshine and hot temperatures, into the upper 90s to 102. We could also see increasing long period swells and a higher rip current risk from Friday through the weekend and possible beach flooding.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and warm with lows in the upper 70s to near 80 and southwest winds at 5-12 mph.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with isolated t-storms possible. Highs will reach the mid to upper 90s in Corpus Christi to 100 inland and upper 80s at the beaches. Winds will shift to the northeast under 12 mph. Heat indices will reach 105-110.
Friday: Partly cloudy, hot and humid with isolated t-storms possible. Highs will reach the mid to upper 90s in Corpus Christi to 100 inland and upper 80s at the beaches and northwest winds at 6-10 mph. Heat indices will reach 105-110.
Weekend: Mostly sunny and hot with highs in the upper 80s at the beaches and near 100 inland.