We are on the western edge TROPICAL DEPRESSION CINDY with move cloud-cover east of I-35. As "Cindy" moves northeastward away from Central Texas, we'll see more and more clearing overnight.
Temperatures overnight will drop into the mid-70s. A more typical Summer southerly wind will return Friday. Expect higher humidity and lots of sunshine. Highs will be in the upper 90s to near 100. The heat index during the mid to late afternoon will rise to 107-110.
A cold front is poised to move southward through the Plains into Texas this weekend. Look for a decent chance for showers and thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday. Amounts will vary due to the scattered nature of the thunderstorms but local amounts through Sunday may approach an inch while other locations may only pick up a tenth.
A northwest flow aloft will continue to keep the atmosphere somewhat unstable into early next week. We'll have continued chances for showers and thunderstorms. NOAA's latest rain outlook suggests some 1/2" to 1" widespread totals. One of our numerical models suggests totals of 1.25" to 1.75" between Saturday and Wednesday.
The front's presence means more of an east wind during the weekend. This will keep most highs around 90 Saturday and Sunday.
Upper-level high pressure, the one that is baking the southwest, will move towards Texas starting Tuesday. Rain chances go do down Wednesday leading to a dry Thursday.
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Former Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall south of Lake Charles, LA before dawn today. It is moving to the north as Tropical Depression Cindy with winds down to 35 mph. A turn to the north-northeast, then northeast, is forecast over the next 12 to 24 hours. By Friday the system will be over Tennessee.
Flooding will be a problem for the Gulf coast with rain totals of three to six inches and isolated totals higher. Waterspouts were noted Wednesday. There may be a few more today. The central Gulf coast region, including New Orleans and Mobile, are under a TORNADO WATCH during the afternoon. If you have travel into the southeast today or tonight you will want to check with your air carrier for potential flight delays.
Enduring The Heat... Central Texas continues to see new residents, some from parts of the country that don't normally see the heat felt here. They would appreciate knowing safety tips like if they're working or playing outdoors to take frequent breaks. Heat exhaustion or, worse, heat stroke, will sometimes arrive with little or no working. Children, the elderly, and pets all need to be cared for a little more in this weather. Remember, if it's hot enough for you it's hot, maybe hotter, for them. All too often we hear/read about people and pets left in cars. So, a good safety tip here is that if you have a child riding in the back of a vehicle that you place something else back there that you'll need when you arrive. Look before you lock! Heat claims more lives every year than any other type of weather phenomenon.
Have a great night.
--Meteorologist Kelly Slifka