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The heat makes a comeback Memorial Day weekend

We're falling back into a pattern of high heat until mid next week.
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SAN ANGELO, Texas — It’s been a very long, stressful and draining past week for the state of Texas, but hopefully the warmth this weekend can bring a little bit of relief. Temperatures will be rising back into the triple digits and the sun will be out and shining consistently.

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Something to note for the whole weekend is an increase in gusty winds and humidity. There is a shortwave that will swing down into Texas bringing gusty winds each day, as well as some quick thundershowers Saturday evening.

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We can thank the recent severe weather for all the extra humidity we’ll feel this weekend. The heavy rains we saw, especially in the Hill Country, left a lot of moisture both in our soil and atmosphere, which is generally great news. The extra moisture will also help keep our temperatures down by a few degrees because water is resistant to temperature changes.

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Saturday will be the first day of heat that gets into the 100s, and a heat advisory has been issued for some counties in anticipation. The advisory will be during the peak afternoon and evening, from 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. The counties that have the advisory, from Tom Green County and up directly north to Haskell County, is where the warmest part of the incoming air mass will be. Counties outside of this will still want to be wary of the high heat.

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Later Saturday afternoon, there is a chance for some brief showers and thunderstorms in the northwest Big Country. The SPC has counties from Knox to Jones to Nolan and NW within a marginal (1/5) risk for severe storms. Models right now are showing a growing low-pressure trough sending a quick shortwave down to northern Texas, which could result in a line of storms coming in from the west and quickly passing through the mentioned counties during the evening. The high heat juxtaposing this small shortwave creates some instability to make this possible, but the storms themselves will be short-lived. The top threats will be large hail and damaging winds.

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Sunday will be a much calmer day but still very hot and windy. Winds will even be a bit stronger, gusting up to 35 mph in the Big Country. Models even point to the same temperatures. We’ll see a little more cloud cover, but not enough that we’ll such much of an impact or break from the heat.

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Your Memorial Day will be a nice one, but still quite similar to the previous days. The distinguishing factor is just that it’s a little bit cooler, stopping right at 100 degrees for the high. Overall, you’ll have plenty of time to pay respect to your loved ones, but make sure you take water or shade wherever you spend your time.

As usual, with the extreme heat in mind, I’ll leave these tips on how to keep yourselves and family cool and safe.

Keep up with FOX West Texas to stay Weather Aware over the weekend and next week.

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