My advice during this period: stay indoors, keep the fans and air conditioner running, hit the beaches, have lots of cold drinks and/or watermelon. It is going to be hot through next weekend, under a weakened Sonoran heat ridge that is likely to lodge over southeastern Colorado and largely control the central and lower Great Plains. This configuration means days upon days of stagnant air, excessive heat and humidity, and no rain. The constant presence of the sun overhead and buzzards flying about will remind you of the TV series from the 1960s, “Death Valley Days”.
There are indications of a brief break in the stranglehold of the subtropical high this weekend (Saturday) and again around August 10 or so. The remnant of a cold front will approach from the north and east later this week, and a few of the computer models bring widely scattered showers and thunderstorms to Houston on Saturday afternoon. If the deep mean easterlies hold up (andI think there is a fair chance that will happen), a tropical wave now over the lower reaches of the Sargasso Sea might approach Texas and Louisiana by the middle of the month. Keep in mind that with low latitude westerlies fast closing in from the Pacific Basin, the chances for a disturbance to grow and target the Gulf Coast will likely start to recede in about two weeks. Should this system or another make it to the Interstate 10 corridor, there is a very real chance of a meaningful (i.e. cooler) change in the jet stream configuration which might even affect Texas later in August.
By the way, “Death Valley Days” was hosted by President Reagan (who starred in a particularly touching episode, “The Faithful Dog”). Just thought I would throw that in there.
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Monday: Hazy sunshine, very hot and humid. Highs 98 Galveston to 102 Livingston
Monday Night: Mostly fair, hazy, warm, and humid. Lows 77 Shepherd to 81 Jamaica Beach
Tuesday: Hazy sunshine and humid with furnace-like heat. Highs 100 Quintana to 104 Cleveland
Tuesday Night: Mostly fair, hazy, warm, and humid. Lows 78 Splendora to 82 Surfside Beach
Wednesday: Hazy sunshine and humid with furnace-like heat. Highs 101 Freeport to 105 Roman Forest
Thursday: Hazy sunshine, very hot and humid. High 100, Low 81
Friday: Hazy sunshine, very hot and humid. High 98, Low 80
Saturday: Partly sunny, hot and humid. Risk of afternoon thunderstorms. High 95, Low 79