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KTXS Forecast: Tracking a hot and humid work week

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ABILENE, Texas - Get ready for summer to go into full force a week early before it's officially marked to begin on Monday, June 20th. A ridge of high pressure aloft will continue to build and strengthen over the next several days providing very little relief from the heat and humidity that will be trapped under it.

For today, mostly sunny skies are forecast with temperatures quickly warming into the 80s during the morning hours and upper 90s for a high this afternoon. Heat index values will range between 99 and 103 degrees. Please may sure to stay cool and hydrated if you must be outside for long periods of time.

Also, there will be a slight chance for an isolated thunderstorm to develop this afternoon. If anything can form, a brief downpour, lightning, and gusty winds are the main threats. Hail cannot be ruled out. Winds will be southerly to southwesterly at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight, we stay positioned under mostly clear skies with lows in the middle to upper 70s. It will feel very muggy. Winds will be southwesterly at 10 to 15 mph.

By Wednesday, there will be one final chance for a pop-up thunderstorm. This will be confined to areas mainly west of Sweetwater. Heat and humidity will be in full force with highs in the upper 90s. A few locations to the west of Abilene may break 100 degrees.

We maintain upper 90s through at least Saturday with heat index values from 99 to 103 degrees each day.

By Sunday, some tiny relief will come about as the ridge of high pressure flattens out some. Temperatures should max out in the mid-90s for the end of the weekend and into the next work week.

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