With temperatures expected to reach well into the 90s this weekend, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said Texoma residents should expect more of the same in the weeks ahead and be prepared for a hotter-than-average summer.
“This is not going to shock you at all, but it looks like we’ll be warmer than normal,” NWS Meteorologist Jesse Moore said of the summer forecast. “Part of that is because we’ve had a drier-than-normal spring, which usually helps to keep that following summer hot.”
Moore said summer precipitation levels should hover closely to their monthly and seasonal averages, and Texoma could be in store for some showers of its own, come Friday night.
“There will be a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday night,” Moore said. “Low temperatures will be around 70 with southeast winds between and 5 and 10 miles per hour. Some of those storms could be strong with gusty winds and maybe a little small hail.”
Following a 20 percent chance of showers Saturday morning, Moore said skies will become mostly clear, allowing temperatures to reach the mid-90s.
“And if you like Saturday’s forecast, you’re going to love the rest of the weekend and, really, all of next week,” Moore said. “Sunday and Monday, it’s going to be hot. Highs will be in the mid-90s, but heat indexes will be around 100 degrees.”
Moore explained that heat indexes are essentially calculated by taking the air temperature and factoring in the level of humidity. He said warm, moist air moving up from the Gulf of Mexico will settle over the Southeastern United States in the coming days and will combine with an upper-ridge, high-pressure system descending on much of Texas, before driving daytime temperatures even higher.
“We’ll have a tropical system that will be moving up somewhere between Southeastern Louisiana and the Florida panhandle,” Moore said. “As that system moves northward, we’re already going to have that ridge build over us as we get the sinking air on the back side of that tropical system, making it that much hotter.”
“Temperatures may cool by a couple of degrees as we get further into the middle of next week, but we’re still talking 93 or 94 degrees, versus 95 and 96 degrees. It’s still going to be uncomfortable for most of next week. And then, it may even get into the upper 90s by the end of next week.”
With high temperatures expected to remain a constant, Moore encouraged those who plans to spend time outside to take precautions and not to overexert themselves.
“One of the main things is to avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day and that’s the afternoon and early evening,” Moore said. “If you’re planning on going for a run or doing yard work — any type of outdoor activity — the best time to do it is in the early morning, when it’s coolest.”
And Moore said while many folks might be tempted to keep cool with a beer over the Memorial Day Weekend, alcoholic beverages can actually lead to further dehydration.
“Drink lots of water or maybe a sports drink,” Moore said. “Those will be the best ways to stay cool and keep hydrated, when it’s this hot.”