Good day everyone. This is KZTV Doppler 10 Chief Meteorologist Juan Acuña with your extended forecast.
Our weather pattern is slowly transitioning from a very dry and hot pattern to a more tropical and wet pattern as we head into the middle and end of the week. All eyes are fixed just off the coast as a tropical wave continues to produce showers and thunderstorms around a weak area of low pressure about 100-150 miles east-northeast of the Brownsville area. Hurricane Hunters investigated the wave on Wednesday afternoon and found no well-defined circulation. The system was encountering plenty of upper-level wind shear and pushing most of the thunderstorm activity to the north and east of the circulation. The National Hurricane Center does have it flagged with a 20 percent chance of tropical formation in the next 48 hours. The tropical wave is forecast to move to the west-southwest and head towards the lower Texas coast and make landfall in northern Mexico or deep South Texas by Thursday evening. For us in the Coastal Bend, we will be on the wetter side of the system and showers and thunderstorms will begin to increase beginning on Thursday and last all the way until Saturday evening. Some locations, especially coastal areas, could pick up around 2-3 inches with locally heavier amounts possible. Afternoon highs will be taken down a few notches with more clouds and rain in the area into the upper 80s to lower 90s. By Sunday and into Labor Day, we’ll begin to dry out and really heat up with highs shooting back into the upper 90s. At this time, it looks like another round of some tropical moisture will make its way back into the region by the middle of next week as well; so we’ll watch that closely. Otherwise, our focus the next 24-72 hours will be the tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico.
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