Heat stays on high until the weekend

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The heat was a little bit less intense and a little bit easier to handle on Tuesday as compared to Saturday through Monday. It's still hot, no doubt. More relief is on the way, but we will have to wait until the weekend for that to arrive. Even that may only be temporary relief.

A stray shower is possible this evening, but most areas will stay dry. Temperatures in the lower 90s around 6 PM will ease back to 80s by 7-8 PM and then 70s by 11 PM. A mostly clear sky will prevail through the night. The low temperatures around sunrise will be in the lower 70s. Warm sunshine, even amid some passing clouds, will warm us into the lower 90s by noon. Highs will be in the mid-90s. Heat index values will be as hot as 100-105 degrees. Once again, the chance for any showers is very small - less than 10%. A stray shower cannot be ruled out, though that is unlikely.

Afternoons in the mid-90s will be a regular occurrence through Friday. Saturday shows some signs of trying to cool, but cooling will actually happen on Sunday with the increase of showers and thunderstorms. Highs may struggle to reach upper 80s on Sunday afternoon and again on Monday. The rain maker is a tropical wave located just of the Bahamas Tuesday afternoon. Upper level winds may become more favorable for some slow tropical development of this system over the Gulf of Mexico. We will be watching closely for that. With or without any kind of tropical development, this is likely to bring significant rainfall to the Bahamas and Florida through Friday and Saturday before heading toward the Northern Gulf Coast and us and bringing that heavy, cooling rainfall with it.