Hazy skies ahead of increased rain chances

Published: Jun. 24, 2021 at 4:05 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 6:50 PM CDT
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Isolated, quick showers have dotted parts of the Brazos Valley at times Thursday afternoon. A stray downpour to a quick rumble of thunder is not ruled out through 8 to 9pm. Plenty more seasonable heat and humidity are on deck to close out the week and jump into the weekend. Afternoon highs are set to reach the mid-90s with heat index values running between 105° and 109°. An isolated pop-up rain chance is not ruled out, but not overly expected. There will be a decent breeze Friday afternoon. The drive home or out to Friday evening plans may look a bit hazy. Saharan dust will quickly move across the Brazos Valley late Friday, clearing out by or shortly after sunrise Saturday. No impacts to air quality are expected.

A messy weather pattern in the Gulf of Mexico will approach and sideswipe the Texas Coast Sunday. This will help to throw a better chance for rain and a few thunderstorms this direction Sunday afternoon. The more likely potential for rain and downpours comes Monday as a big slug of tropical moisture crawls out of the Gulf of Mexico and into Southeast and Central Texas. Locally heavy rain could lead to minor, brief street flooding under stronger storms. Increasing clouds and that rain chance should hold highs to the mid and upper 80s Monday and Tuesday. Scattered rain chances remain in the forecast as the calendar flips to July through the Independence Day Weekend.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Low: 78. Wind: SSE 5-10 mph.

Friday: Partly cloudy with an isolated afternoon rain chance. High: 95. Heat index: 107. Wind: S 10-15 mph, gusting 20 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low: 77. Wind: SE 5-15 mph.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for afternoon rain. High: 95. Heat index: 107. Wind: S 10-15 mph.

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