The African dust that has been moving across the Atlantic Ocean is now knocking on the door of South Texas. We’ll actually see some of the dust move into our skies for Friday. The more noticeable burst of dust is expected to move in on Saturday.
As we finish up the work week, the winds will pick-up substantially. We’ll be looking at sustained winds of 20-25 mph with gusts over 30 mph at times. We’ll reach a high near 90 degrees yet again with a heat index of over 100 degrees during the afternoon. The skies will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny, but the arrival of the African dust in the air may shroud the sun a little bit.
Not much will change for Saturday and Sunday. Both days will be very similar to Friday—highs in the low 90s, hazy skies, and windy conditions. Those winds will elevate the rip current risk, so use caution if the beach is in your plans. We’ll start to watch for a change in the weather pattern toward the beginning to middle of next week.
Fourth of July
It’s still a ways off, but the forecast for the Fourth of July could be a bit interesting. We will be watching an area of moisture over the eastern Gulf for the start of next week. It will be moving to the west, closer to Texas, as we approach middle of the week. If it moves far enough to the west and into the Coastal Bend, then we may be dealing with the chance for rain on Independence Day. However, if the moisture stays far enough to the east, more over the upper-Texas coastline, we could be looking at dry conditions for the Fourth. Stay tuned on this forecast as it will evolve and become better defined over the next couple of days.