Rain Chance Diminishes are Upper Level Ridge Strengthens

A massive upper level area of high pressure over the Rockies and Central Plains continues to increase its impact on Texas weather. As the ridge expands southward its sheer weight compresses the atmosphere, thus increasing heat and capping off rain chances. Only isolated showers will be possible the next few days, mainly along the coast, and afternoon temperatures in the lower to middle 90s will seem like 105 to 109 degrees due to humidity. By early next week, the high will be re-positioned over the Desert Southwest, and its location will shut off rain chances here completely. Meanwhile, Category 2 Hurricane Chris is moving quickly northeast away from the U.S. Atlantic coast. Within a couple days it will be weakening over the far north Atlantic.