The Bellaire area is in for a very hot – and possibly record-setting – weekend as temperatures climb into the triple digits and the heat index reaches potentially dangerous levels.
Today’s high may break the record of 100 degrees, which was set in 1902.
The blistering heat is expected to last through the weekend.
No rain is in the forecast and most of southeast Texas remains under severe drought conditions.
The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures across the region ranging from the lower 90s at the coast to the lower 100s inland, including Bellaire. Humidity levels will be a bit higher as well and this will create higher heat index values.
“The heat index values will range from 101 – 104 degrees through Sunday. Overnight low temperatures will also be trending warmer due to higher humidity and stronger winds,” the NWS said. “Overnight low temperatures will only cool into the upper 70s inland and lower 80s along the coast.”
The weather service will issue a heat advisory when heat index values are forecast to reach or exceed 108 degrees for two consecutive days. At the current time, it appears that heat index values may remain below that threshold.
The very warm temperatures coupled with south winds at 15-25 mph and very dry ground conditions will set the stage for dangerous fire weather conditions. Fire officials are urging extreme caution if camping or doing outdoor activities that could possibly spark a fire.
The risk of wildfires this weekend will remain high.
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