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Melissa Valdez: Heat index to rise above 100 degrees this week

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ABILENE, Texas - Happy Tuesday! A 10-20 percent chance of isolated thundershowers exists for the area Tuesday night, particularly for the western counties. An isolated severe cell or two cannot be ruled out, as the Storm Prediction Center has the western portion of the Big Country in a slight-risk box. The main concerns for those who see an isolated severe cell would be strong winds and hail. Sky conditions are expected to remain mostly clear with lows in the mid-70s.

Wednesday, we see the above-normal temperatures start to set in for the Big Country. High temperatures Wednesday through Friday will be in the mid-to-upper 90s. Some areas to the south are likely to hit the triple digits for the first time in 2016. Skies will be mostly sunny to sunny with south winds at 5-15 mph.

You should be aware that heat index values, or how hot it feels outside, will range from about 99-106 degrees. Be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and keep as cool as possible during this part of the week. It's also important to note that no pet or child should be left unattended in any vehicle, even if the windows are rolled down.

Temperatures are expected to cool slightly to the mid-90s on Saturday. Skies will be sunny with south winds at 5-10 mph. Saturday night is expected to be mostly clear with low temperatures in the low 70s.

Sunday, Father's Day, should be sunny with highs in the mid-90s and winds from the south at 5-10 mph before cooling to the low 70s at night.

Have a great week, and stay cool! -MV-

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