Getting Warmer - As we have been trending warmer for the last few days, we start the morning commute in the upper 70s to the low 80s. DFW Airport had temperature of 79 degrees at 6:09 AM. Highs today in the upper 90s for most spots today, but please note that it may feel a lot hotter than that due to heat index values potentially in the triple digits.
With a ridge still in our area, if any showers and storms makes it to DFW, they should be far and few between today. The chances of rain is not zero today, but very low. One or two spots may see a passing shower during the afternoon/evening hours, if you are lucky.
For the Rest of the Week - Temperatures should cool off by a few degrees as we get closer to the weekend. Other than that, we continue to forecast a sunny sky and fair nights with highs in the mid to low 90s. Showers may be possible each day, but will remain few and far between and the chances should ultimately remain very low.
The Weekend - Not much change to mention as the upper ridge holds. Partly sunny, very warm days with highs in the low 90s, along with scattered clouds at times.
And a persistent forecast is set for early next week. Highs will continue to hold into the upper 80s in most spots. There are some signs of a strong cold front coming through by the latter half of next week, which will open the door for rain chances and some cooler temperatures as October begins....
Major Hurricane Maria - This is still a dangerous, life-threatening category four storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. It is making landfall in Puerto Rico now, the strongest hurricane to make landfall in that island on record.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* U.S. Virgin Islands
* British Virgin Islands
* Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques
* Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata
* Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas
This storm will continue to move to the northwest at 10 mph, keeping that same component of motion through tonight. On its forecast cone, it should steer to the north of the Dominican Republic, and may make landfall on the Turks and Caicos Islands overnight. This storm is expected to remain a dangerous category four hurricane until it moves out of the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico.
This storm will gain latitude, then continue northwestward, staying to the east of the Bahamas. Confidence is increasing that this storm will still not affect the East Coast or the Gulf of Mexico, but we still will have to keep our eyes peeled. There is a good chance that Josè will leave a weakeness in the ridge, which will allow Maria to escape without impacting the East Coast.
See the Texas Weather Discussion Video for more details.