ABILENE, Texas - Good Saturday everyone! Temperatures have been very warm this afternoon for all of West Texas with highs topping out in the upper 90s to lower 100s across the board. Winds have been a bit breezy at times averaging in the 10-20 mph range but with some gusts a bit higher on occasion. Skies have stayed sunny to mostly sunny and no rain echoes have emerged on the radar screen.
This evening fair skies will accompany readings slowly tailing off through the 90s and 80s. Eventually we bottom out in the middle 70s by dawn Sunday morning. Breezes remain southerly and blow at 10-15 mph.
The back half of the weekend starts with unlimited sunshine but goes partly cloudy in the afternoon. The mercury heads back into the upper 90s to near 100 degrees for all folks. Winds continue from a southerly direction and go at 10-15 mph.
Expect a partly cloudy overnight leading into Monday morning. Temperatures drop back into the middle 70s to kick off the new work week.
Monday morning a cold front will be slowly sliding southward through the Big Country. An isolated thunderstorm is possible ahead of and behind the frontal boundary throughout the day but widespread coverage is not expected. Highs reach the lower to middle 90s.
Winds turn east northeastward for most of us and blow from 5-15 mph.
Tuesday shakes out with a mix of clouds and sun and a slight chance for an isolated thunderstorm to develop through the day particularly in northern sections. The thermometer reads lower to middle 90s by day's end. Easterly winds average around 10-15 mph.
Most models indicate that northwest flow over us at upper levels will deliver a disturbance that is to track just to our north on Wednesday into Thursday. This means that winds at the surface will turn southerly in response to this area of low pressure and pump heat back into West Texas temporarily driving temperatures into the upper 90s to around 100 degrees. Conditions should remain dry on Wednesday though an isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled. South winds come at us from 15-20 mph.
This disturbance continues on its northwest to southeast course just off to our north on Thursday. A cold front associated with the impulse will drag through West Texas during the late morning and afternoon sparking some scattered showers and thundershowers over the region. Otherwise, anticipate a partly sunny sky. Highs reach the lower 90s. South winds shift to the northeast behind the front. Cooler air is to follow.
Currently, forecast maps show mainly dry weather for Friday behind the disturbance. There is some possibility that the cold front may stall in our southern counties or just south of there. Therefore, rain chances may be reinserted into the forecast for this late week time frame if it appears that that will be the case. Readings are projected to be below normal in the middle to upper 80s as cool northeast winds flow into West Central Texas on the last day of the work week.
Saturday goes partly cloudy with a rebound back into the upper 80s. Again, depending on the location of the aforementioned cold front, slight rain chances may exist. East winds will be breezy.