ABILENE, Texas -

Heat was in full force on Tuesday as temperatures rose to 99 degrees here in Abilene.

Isolated showers and thundershowers flirted with our southern counties but, by and large, we stayed dry. It looks like West Central Texas will be dealing with above normal temperatures for several more days.

Today we expect a mostly sunny sky throughout the afternoon with heat the story once again. We will watch readings climb into the middle and upper 90s by early evening. High pressure is in firm control and will squash any potential rain chances.

Tonight the quiet weather will continue with clear skies and lows near 70.

Computer models seem to be agreeing that upper-level high pressure will stay put over the region through this coming weekend. This means that the Thursday through Sunday period will see plenty of sunshine, above normal temperatures, and generally quiet weather conditions. Highs should be in the mid 90s on average and lows in the lower 70s.

Some tropical moisture will work its way into southern Texas later Thursday and on into Friday and Saturday with an easterly flow off the Gulf of Mexico. It is possible that a few showers could get into our southern counties during this time but they will be isolated. Most of the action should stay south of Abilene and the Big Country.

The long-range forecast could provide hope. There is some evidence that tropical moisture may eventually lead to some rainfall here during the middle and latter part of next week. We also may see a cold front drop into our area at some point providing relief in the form of showers and somewhat cooler temperatures. This is a long way off and nothing is a lock but it is something to watch in the coming days.