Temperatures topped off near or at 100° Monday afternoon. Thanks to a change in the overall weather pattern, afternoon highs will "cool" a bit as much needed rain chances move back into the outlook.
As the afternoon heat settled in, under mostly sunny skies, daytime highs reached the mid-to-upper 90s across the area.
Below is a look at the regional highs from Monday afternoon -- notice something a bit odd?
Hearne checked in today at 105°, with a heat index of 124° by 5pm! That....was not the case. The reporting sensor there in Robertson County is having few issues -- technicians are being sent out to give it a look.
That said, a weather watcher from Hearne did report 100° by 5pm today.
Here's a look across the rest of the area:
Heat Comes Down -- Rain Chance Moves Up
It has been a few weeks from our last widespread rainfall for the Brazos Valley. Add in heat running between 95° and 99° each day -- area vegetation is starting to show the need of rain, once again.
Just as we were looking to nestle into the idea of near 100° heat -- Mother Nature is throwing us a curve ball.
A rare July cold front is slowly working towards Texas, as of Monday evening. That front is expected to stall across / near the Brazos Valley for the next couple of days.
While the front won't bring in any actual cool air -- it will provide the focal point for rain and thunderstorms to develop along and ahead of it.
That increased cloud cover and rain chance should be enough to drop afternoon highs to the low / mid 90s for the rest of this week.
PinPoint Computer Forecast "Future Radar" for Tuesday, July 15th:
Another Shot at Soggy Arrives Late Week
That stalled out front isn't the only rain (chance) game in town.
An upper-level low over the Pacific Northwest will bring -- what looks like -- a better chance of widespread rain and thunderstorms by late Thursday / early Friday.
While this should be taken with a grain of salt, and will likely be tweaked thorough the week, here's a look at **possible** rainfall totals from now through Friday evening.
For now -- long range computer models are favoring the Eastern Brazos Valley to get the best drink of water, especially with our second system at the end of the week.
Things to monitor -- but for now, plan on making that umbrella part of the things you carry out of the house.