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A hot second half of the work week, keeping tabs on the Gulf

Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 3:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 10:38 PM CDT
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We’ll hold onto mostly clear skies through the overnight, helping morning lows dip down into the low-to-mid 70s to kick off the early Thursday morning commute. More sunshine in the morning leads in a few more passing clouds by the afternoon, and while the vast majority of the area sits dry, we’ll keep eyes on the small chance to see an isolated downpour/rumble pop up by Thursday afternoon thanks to a bit of daytime heating. Keep the water bottle handy -- hot temperatures stick with us through the end of the work week and into the upcoming weekend.

Speaking of the weekend -- The Gulf of Mexico continues to be monitored very closely as the latest from the National Hurricane Center continues to put a high chance of tropical development there by the end of the week. As of Wednesday night, a broad, disorganized area of rain & storms over the Bay of Campeche will meander around the southwestern Gulf of Mexico overnight. The system is expected to lift northward Thursday, and a tropical depression is likely to form when the system moves across the western Gulf by late Thursday or Friday. What does that mean for the Brazos Valley? As of now, still no immediate concern. We’ll keep close eyes on the system as it evolves and should get more reliable data in when the center of circulation tightens up, but model data trends keep the center east of our area, closer to the Louisiana coastline by Saturday. Greater impacts (heavy rainfall and strong winds) will be found on the eastern side of the center of circulation, while folks sitting on the western edge could tap into a few tropical downpours as well as some hot temperatures for Father’s Day Weekend. Still -- there are unknowns in the next few days that will need a watchful eye & potentially could change the forecast locally, so keep checking back regularly!

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High: 96. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 75. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy. High: 95. Wind: E 5-10 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 74. Wind: N 0-5 mph.

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