SAN ANGELO, Texas — The heat was on across the area yesterday. San Angelo officially climbed to 104 degrees at Mathis Field, making it the second hottest day of the year thus far.
Thankfully, slightly cooler conditions have arrived for the rest of the week. A cold front moving through this morning has sparked very isolated showers across parts of the area. These showers will continue to dissipate throughout the day, with mainly sunny conditions expected.
Temperatures for the rest of the week will be near seasonal averages for July, in the middle 90s. About 10% of us may see an isolated shower or storm this afternoon, but most of the area will remain completely dry. This will begin a dry and quiet pattern for the region over the next week.
Attention will now turn to the Gulf Coast, where a low pressure system is expected to turn into Tropical Storm Barry over the next 24 hours. Louisiana has already issued a state of emergency in preparation for the impending storm. There are also Tropical Storm Watches and Hurricane Watches in place for the Louisiana coast.
The storm is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall in southwestern Louisiana on Saturday. The main threat from this storm will be extreme rainfall, as over a foot of rain is likely throughout Louisiana. Eastern Texas is also on high alert because of this storm system, which may bring heavy rainfall rates to the area.