Near record heat Tuesday; tropical low in Gulf could bring heat relief

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Monday brought more record-setting heat to parts of Southeast Texas. Galveston hit 95-degrees, breaking a 110-year-old record. Back in 1911 it hit 94 on the Island. As expected, Houston came up short of the record 102, topping out at 98.

Similar weather is on the way for Tuesday. Temperatures will soar to near 100 in the afternoon. A few downpours with lightning and gusty winds are possible in the late afternoon and early evening, but many will stay dry. Tuesday's record high is 100 from the brutal drought summer of 2011. A dangerous mix of heat and humidity could once again send the "feels like" heat index to near 110 degrees, which would trigger another Heat Advisory. Stay hydrated and avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the afternoon if possible.

We are also monitoring the Gulf of Mexico for potential tropical development. Heavy rains wrapping around this low could reach the U.S. Gulf Coast by Friday.

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How long will this near-record heat stick around?
Temperatures will continue to soar into the upper 90s the rest of the work week. Our best chance to cool off will come this weekend when we could get rain from the tropical low in the Gulf. If it misses us to the east, we will stay hot and mostly dry through the weekend. Heat index values will easily top 100-105 all week long.

What about that low in the Gulf? Will it bring us rain?
It is possible the low pressure in the southwest Gulf could bring us rain sometime during Father's Day weekend, but it is still too early to know what kind of impacts we'll get here. We will have to wait until a low-level circulation develops later this week to gain more confidence in its track. You can stay aware and informed on what's happening in the tropics by visiting abc13.com/tropicalupdate.

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Southeast Texas
Houston

Harris County
Galveston County
Montgomery/Walker/San Jacinto/Polk/Grimes Counties
Fort Bend/Wharton/Colorado Counties
Brazoria/Matagorda Counties

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