SAN ANGELO, Texas — Thursday was another record-breaking day with temperatures hitting 106 degrees in San Angelo and Abilene. Lows tonight will be above average in the upper 60s to lower 70s. There are two more days of heat before the cold front finally ends our heat streak.
There are still many fires raging across the area, with all eyes on the Mesquite Heat fire in southwestern Taylor County. It’s grown to over 9000 acres and is only 25% contained. The Mayfield fire grew gain to 1250 acres and is 40% contained, and the Pope 2 fire has grown to 2530 acres and is 75% contained. Unfortunately, conditions won’t improve until we cool down this weekend.
Speaking of which, high temperatures on Saturday are staying higher than originally expected because the incoming cold front will move so slowly. Highs will get into the upper 90s, maybe 100 degrees, and the heat will force the front to stall during the afternoon until it can overpower the warm air overnight. Once it does, lows that night will drop into the 50s and highs Sunday will fall down into the 80s, where they’ll stabilize through mid-week. Part of that stabilization is from a low-pressure system that is moving into the southwest US, possibly bringing rain over the time period of Sunday afternoon to Wednesday. Right now, it seems like the rain distribution gives everyone a little something, and rain totals are maxing out around 1-1.5 inches. We’ll continue to monitor this over the next few days as models begin to coincide with each other.
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