KTXS Forecast: Heat index values in low 100s through Saturday


ABILENE, Texas - A strong ridge of high pressure is still on track to build across the South-Central United States over the next several days. This will crank up the heat. Along with the moisture already in place, this will make heat index values range from 99 to 105 degrees through Saturday.

Do your best to stay cool and hydrated. Also, be sure to check on elderly neighbors and family to make sure they have a way keep cool.

For today, it will be a hot and humid across the Lone Star State. With mostly sunny skies, temperatures will warm to the mid and upper 90s. Heat indices will be in the low 100s. Winds will be southwest to southerly at 10 to 15 mph.

An isolated t'storm cannot be ruled out from making it into our far western locations west of Sweetwater this afternoon and evening. If anything does, it will be short-lived with a brief downpour, lightning, and gusty winds being the main threats.

Tonight, we are going back to the middle 70s under partly cloudy skies that will transition to mostly clear skies after midnight. Winds will stay the same speed and direction from the day through the night.

For Thursday, air temperatures are only getting warmer. Highs will be in the upper 90s. With all of the moisture in place, it will be difficult to reach 100 degrees but I cannot rule out a location or two making it to that point. Again, feels like temps when you add humidity will be in the lower 100s.

We stay with sunshine and upper 90s for Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, the center of this strong ridge will shift more towards the Desert Southwest. This will introduce northerly to northeasterly winds and should help relax high temperatures some.

Mid-90s and sunshine are forecast for Father's Day with low 90s possible by the first full day of summer.

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