It is HOT HOT HOT this week East Texas. We saw highs in the low 100s and upper 90s across East Texas on Wednesday. We saw a little bit or rain activity in the northern counties and some virga (rain which evaporates before it reaches the ground) pass across most of the region Wednesday night. Overnight lows are expected to be in the upper 70s or low 80s across the area.

A heat advisory is out for Thursday across most of East Texas, but and an excessive heat warnings is out of our western counties are temps in those areas have been over 100 for a couple days now and could be approaching the mid 100s on Thursday and Friday. The hot temperatures will increase the risk of heat related illnesses for the rest of the week and the weekend.

Thursday we will see mostly sunny skies along with temps that will return to the low 100s. More sunny skies will return on Friday and last through next week. If we get over 102° Friday, we will tie a record, but that appears to be our only shot at a record during this heat streak. Temps get as hot as 102-103 by Friday and Saturday, so make sure you have plans to beat the heat!

The only chance at relief in our forecast comes by midweek next week. Next Tuesday we are looking at a high of 99 and a 30% chance for rain with partly cloudy skies.

Stay hydrated and stay cool East Texas!

-- Chief Meteorologist Joel Barnes

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