Houston forecast: Hot Tuesday ahead; scattered showers possible


by KHOU.com Staff


Posted on August 7, 2012 at 5:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 7 at 1:36 PM

HOUSTON—Heat indexes in the Houston area will be well above 100 degrees Tuesday with a chance for scattered showers in the afternoon, said KHOU 11 News Meteorologist David Paul.

Temperatures in areas north of the city will be hotter, topping out at 97 degrees. The heat index, however, will range from 102 to 107 degrees.

“This is a hot weather precaution day,” said Paul. “Drink water and take breaks in the air conditioning, give your body a chance to recuperate.”

Rain chances Tuesday are only 20 percent, mainly in the afternoon. And you can expect his hot weather pattern to hang around through the end of the week.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ernesto was headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday, where it’s expected to make landfall – possibly as a hurricane – by early Thursday morning.

It will not affect Texas, but Paul said there’s another disturbance out in the Atlantic that has a chance to develop into something more.

“There’s another spot we are watching now,” said Paul. “This is the time of year when these waves come off the west coast of Africa, and sometimes they develop near the Cape Verde Islands.”

The new system has a 20-percent chance of development, but it’s too soon to tell what direction it will take.

“We’ll watch it,” said Paul. “We have two weeks to watch it, if it’s going to come our way. The computer models have it heading west for the next several days.”

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