High pressure over the eastern US and Texas will feature hot weather through the next several days. This pattern stabilizes the atmosphere and dries the air, so only a few showers are expected along the coast and northeastern Texas on Thursday.

Even though we will stay dry for a while, the beneficial effects of our last rain event will linger for weeks. During the hotter summers, the combination of dry conditions and hot temperatures can develop into a feedback loop. That’s where things get drier and hotter each day with the dryness reinforcing the heat and vice-versa. The result is usually a string of 100+ degree days.

But with South Central Texas still moist, daytime heating will be limited by higher humidity, which absorbs some of the heat. The end result will still be hot weather, but with far fewer 100+ degree days. Heat index values – how it ‘feels’ – will be in the low 100s.

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The hot and dry trend is forecast through the weekend. Expect the summer pattern of morning clouds and afternoon sun with highs in the middle and upper 90s with morning lows in the middle 70s. Highs will push into the upper 90s next week.

The next chance of rain may come by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week as long-range models show a northwest upper level flow over the region. This pattern can sometimes produce thunderstorms.

See the details in the Seven Day Forecast.

Dan Robertson

Twitter: @TexasThunderman

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