Severe thunderstorm watch issued for 7 counties

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Brad Hlozek - email

FROM THE EAST TEXAS WEATHER CENTER (KTRE) - The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for seven East Texas counties, including Angelina and Nacogdoches.

Cherokee, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine and Shelby Counties are also under the watch.

It appears much of East Texas is under the risk for large hail, possibly up to golfball size and strong gusty winds.  A very unstable atmosphere is in place across East Texas with a weak cap, or layer of warm air just of the surface.  As it warms up this afternoon, the cap will weaken allowing for thunderstorms to develop. Storms will be scattered in nature so everyone will not see them but any storm that develops could become severe.

The greatest risk of severe weather across East Texas is along and south of an Emory to Quitman to Jefferson line and north of a Crockett to Lufkin to Hemphill line.

Storms should begin to move out of East Texas late tonight into the pre-dawn hours tomorrow.

With a dry weekend ahead, it will be feeling very much like summer in East Texas with highs approaching the middle 90's on both Saturday and Sunday.

When you factor in the humidity, we will see heat indices or feels like temperatures in the upper 90's.  Most of our record highs should be safe for now, but it won't be much of a consolation as it will be hot and very muggy if you plan on spending time outdoors this weekend.

Overnight lows will not provide much relief either as temperatures only fall down to near 70.

The only relief may be in the form of a southerly breeze, which at times will be blowing in at 10 to 15 mph.

Remember that you can get up to the minute temperature updates anytime this weekend, by going to our weather page.

You can also read more about the latest weather happenings and trends around East Texas in Brad Hlozek's Weather Blog.

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