Sunny and Hot Today, Rain Chances Creep Up Mid-Week

It’s a dry start with temps in the 50s and 60s across the region. Highs will reach the upper 80s today under sunny skies. High pressure will lose a bit of its hold, allowing for the return of some moisture to the region through the rest of the week. This means more mugginess and the return of scattered showers and storms. Temps will still reach the mid-80s tomorrow – a few degrees above the average high of 83 for this time of year. Partly to mostly cloudy skies will limit temps from climbing further, but with the increase in moisture, it will be feeling more like the upper 80s through the end of the week. Isolated to widely scattered storms will be possible each day through the weekend, but no day will be a wash-out.

Tropics Update:

Nicholas made landfall at 1:30 am EST in Texas about 10 miles WSW of Sargent Beach as a category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph. Nicholas is now a tropical storm and will continue to bring torrential downpours and dangerous storm surge to the southern Gulf States. It has already brought more than 1/2 a foot of rain for parts of Houston. More than 300,000 are without power in SE Texas. It will meander along the Gulf Coast the next few days, bringing an additional 5-10″ of rain for parts of SE Texas, Central and Southern LA, and the MS and AL coasts. Flash Flood Watches are in place through Thursday.