HOUSTON — Get ready for a steam bath this weekend. I mean, it is July in Houston, but even so it's going to feel HOT Saturday and Sunday. So anything you have planned- take all heat related precautions.
This 4th of July weekend will be one of transition, as rain chances slowly begin to work their way back into the forecast. In fact, their may be a few storms on Saturday night. Look for high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values as high as 105°F.
All week we've been monitoring the air quality thanks to the Saharan dust. And all of that dust makes for hazy skies. Air quality Saturday should remain in the moderate range with some areas possibly reaching the unhealthy category for sensitive folks on Sunday.
Despite the dust moving through parts of the Atlantic and Caribbean, which normally shuts down tropical activity, the NHC is monitoring an area of disturbed weather several hundred miles southeast of Wilmington, NC -- outside the area of dust. They give this area a 60% chance of development over the next 48 hours.
If it does become a storm, it would take the name "Edouard" and move away from the USA. Bermuda may be in for some squally weather however.
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How bout that heat! Are you getting tired of it yet? We'll see heat index temperatures at and above 100 degrees all week long for many locations, with the exception being right along the coast. Take breaks in the air conditioning, drink lots of water and check on each other.
The Independence Day Weekend looks pretty average with temperatures in the low to mid 90s and a slight chance (20-30%) of afternoons downpours. Some storms could impact Saturday night fireworks.