Spotty showers arrive in advance of a hot and humid weekend

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Even with round one of the day’s showers and storms over, the chance for more storm development continues this afternoon as a small disturbance maneuvers through the area.  There may be a few storms capible of heavy downpours, gusty winds, and frequent cloud to ground lightning that develop later today.  You can follow along with any additional storm development on KXAN.com ‘s Interactive Radar.

Following the morning storms, the sun returned in many areas causing for temperatures to rise rapidly.  Again, we will likely fall just shy of the century mark, under partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies, but high humidity levels will again produce “feels like” temperatures of 100-105 degrees. Milam County is included in a Heat Advisory Thursday and Friday. Use caution when exerting yourself outdoors.

The rapid warming will help enhance the instability in the atmosphere.  Evaporating rainfall from this morning will create more fuel for potential storms to work with.  Therefore we still may see a 20-30% chance of more isolated storms this afternoon and evening.  If any of the storms reach severe criteria, of course we will keep you up to date with the latest on KXAN and KXAN.com.

Afterwards, starting tomorrow,  hot, humid, and sunny weather will likely return through early next week.  For those who are already tired of the heat, the latest developments over the past 24 hours may be music to your ears: Models are starting to agree another that a rare Summer cold front may be on the horizon.  If so, it will likely bring cooler temperatures and even more welcome rain.  That scenario is still 7 days away, but we’ll follow it closely.

Excessive heat will return this summer, so it is important to remember our neighbors who cannot afford air conditioning. You can help by donating a fan or funds to the KXAN Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. Click here to make an online donation. Just $15 will buy a box fan for a needy senior or family with small children. If you know someone in need of assistance, call 512-459-4FAN.

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