Good afternoon! I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend. As we begin the new work week, temperatures will remain hot and sticky with high's today in the lower 90's. Slightly better news is ahead as a low pressure system (currently in the Gulf) plans to work north and east. This will provide better chances for showers/storms in the afternoon and additional cloud cover at times. Even with a few rounds of showers and some cloud cover at times, high's are expected to hang around that 90 mark through the week.
A look at model guidance shows the shower activity associated with the low pressure system. As it work northward, spokes of energy will allow for shower and storm activity (mainly in the afternoon hours). This will continue for much of this week before a more summer-like pattern returns the second half of the weekend.
A look into the overall temperatures for the weeks ahead shows unfortunate news. The southern Plains are expected to get hit hard with well above average temperatures and little rainfall. Similar conditions present itself here at home with temperatures more than likely to be at or above average. Rainfall will be minimal the second half of July, so drought is something we'll be keeping a close eye on. Long term models and patterns indicate changes for August with more average conditions (rain & temperatures & a more active Atlantic Ocean), but for now we have to deal with the oppressing heat.
Showers and storms each day could make things a little cooler at times but overall we will stay very warm. Some of these afternoon storms could be strong to severe at times (similar to Sunday) so be weary and pay attention if you are out and about.
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