More storms Friday; areas of heavy rainfall expected

Drier conditions, Saharan dust arrive for weekend
Posted at 2:59 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 18:49:57-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Showers and thunderstorms will return to the Coastal Bend during the predawn hours on Friday as the precursor of a day with periods of heavy rainfall.

Friday will be the last day of significant rain for awhile, however, with drier and more stable weather to come.

High-resolution models suggest two-to-three inches of additional rain may fall over the Coastal Bend through late Friday, but the wetness comes to an end as the upper-level disturbance causing the instability moves north of the region Friday night.

Coincident with the disturbance's departure will be the arrival of a plume of Saharan dust. The dust cloud will be apparent off and on for several days, causing irritation to people with sensitive respiratory systems.

Meanwhile, upper-level high pressure will be building across South Texas, pushing daytime temperatures from the middle 80s on Friday to the lower 90s next week.

Heat index values will rise to between 105 and 109 degrees early next week, as well. Lows will remain from the upper 70s to around 80.