It was another sweltering day in the Coastal Bend with Corpus Christi reaching 101 degrees Thursday, breaking the old record of 100 from 2014. Heading into the weekend, there isn't much change in the forecast as the high pressure area aloft keeps us hot, humid and dry with above average temperatures. Southeast winds will increase Friday through Sunday, making for windy afternoons this weekend with 20-25 mph winds. Bays will become choppy and seas offshore will increase to 3-5 feet by Sunday.
The drought continues to expand and most of the Coastal Bend is in a moderate drought with San Patricio and Duval counties in a severe drought as our rainfall deficit increases. There is no rain in the forecast through early next week.
In the tropics, all is quiet and tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next 5 days. However, medium range forecast models are showing a tropical wave in the Gulf late next week which could bring rain to south Texas. We'll keep watching the trends and will have updates.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy with lows in the mid to upper 70s inland and near 80 at the beaches with southeast winds at 6-12 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 80s at the beaches to the upper 90s in Corpus Christi and up to 104 inland. Heat indices will reach 106-113 and southeast winds will increase to 10-18 mph.
Weekend: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 at the beaches to the upper 90s in Corpus Christi and up to 105 inland as southeast winds increase to 15-25 mph. Heat indices will reach 105-114.