EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Since May 20th, temperatures have been running above seasonal norms with today making ten straight days in which our afternoon highs have exceeded 90°.
We will, however, get a brief reprieve from the heat in the form of a late season cold "cool" front. Before you get too excited, remember that this is not a fall or early spring type of cold front. This is a late May and early June front, which as you know, does not drop temperatures too significantly here in Deep East Texas.
Chances For Strong Storms
The leading edge of this cold "cool" front will arrive on our doorstep Thursday afternoon and into Thursday evening. Along the front, we will have the chance to receive some showers and thunderstorms. Since we will be hot and humid ahead of the front, a few strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible. We need the rain, but could go without any severe weather.
Once the front moves through Thursday night, the window for rain will close as some slightly cooler and less humid air filters into the Piney Woods.
A Drop in the Temperatures
With a northerly breeze taking shape on Friday, we will see high temperatures top out in the middle 80's with some lower humidity values.
I know that mid 80's might not seem like a break from the heat, but remember that we have been in the lower to middle 90's for a week now. This front will provide about a 5-8° drop in temperatures. The more noticeable feature may be in our overnight lows, as we will be waking up to lower and middle 60's on Friday and Saturday mornings.
It Won't Last
A south wind will ensue over the weekend, meaning the 90's will be back in the picture by Sunday. Unfortunately, the lower humidity and slight drop in temperatures behind our late spring fronts just don't stick around and last as long as the stronger fronts we see in the fall, winter, and early spring months.