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Heat backing off a tad with isolated afternoon thunderstorms possible

Yesterday not only saw oppressive heat, but a few areas saw strong to even severe storms with gusty, straight-line winds responsible for bringing down numerous trees and knocking out power for several people in Smith County, especially.

Fortunately, the heat is finally beginning to back off just a bit, and our storm chances this afternoon will only be of the isolated, pop up variety with severe weather not anticipated, although a strong storm with gusty winds and heavy rain cannot be ruled out.

The HRRR (above) shows a few showers or storms trying to pop up this afternoon.  Activity does not look to be widespread, but a few backyards could receive a healthy watering.

Aside from the slight rain/storm chance, skies will be partly cloudy across the region with highs ranging from the low 90s west of the Plateau to the upper 80s on the Plateau.

Heat index values will be in the mid to upper 90s across western areas and the low 90s on the Plateau.

Overnight, lows will fall off into the upper 60s to around 70°.

Tomorrow will be a very similar story to today with a few pop up showers or storms possible in the afternoon.

Highs will run a degree or two cooler with mid to upper 80s expected on the Plateau to around 90° for areas west.

Later this week, a cold front will begin to approach the mid state, setting off more widespread showers and storms, some perhaps strong.

Once the front clears the area, drier and cooler air looks to filter in just in time for the weekend!

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