Houston forecast: 'It's as bad as it's going to get'


by khou.com staff


Posted on August 10, 2011 at 7:28 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 10 at 1:55 PM

HOUSTON—A heat advisory remains in effect Wednesday as dangerously high temperatures hover over the city. But  the brutal triple digit days may end soon, according to KHOU 11 News Meteorologist David Paul.


"Guys, hang in there because we are on the downward slope of summer, even though last week and this week have been the two worst weeks for heat here in Houston and Southeast Texas," said Paul. "And today, looks like it will be the hottest day of this week. It’s as bad as it’s going to get."

Wednesday started with the lower-80s. The high is expected to be around 103 degrees with a heat index as high as 110.

Paul said the northern half of the country is cooling off and may help to shove the heat dome lingering over Texas a little further west. That would break the triple-digit string of days going into the weekend.

The extended forecast shows triple-digit temperatures through Friday, then we drop into the upper-90s Saturday through Tuesday of next week.

Even with that good news, there is still not a drop of rain relief on the radar. In fact, Houston will announce mandatory water restrictions within the week.

You should continue take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and loved ones during the heat.

ERCOT reminds us to conserve energy as much as possible – especially when we leave the home – to avoid any rolling blackouts during the extreme heat.

Don’t forget to check on elderly family members and neighbors who may be at risk if their homes aren’t cool enough.

Remember to hydrate your pets more than usual when taking walks or runs outside, as the temperatures are also harsh for animals.

If you or a neighbor needs a place to stay cool, there are cooling centers available in Houston.