Heat wave easing some; tropical storm may bring some rain

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

August 4, 2008 - A break may be coming from the horrendous summer heat wave that has hit the area in recent days, and a tropical storm headed for the Texas Gulf Coast may bring some rain this week.

An excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect today for Hopkins and other North Texas counties. Afternoon temperatures were forecast between 103 and 107 degrees. With humidity over 50 percent, heat index values of 110 were forecast for the late afternoon.

The extreme temperatures of Sunday, when the high of 104 was recorded at 3:26 p.m., contributed to uncomfortable heat levels even after sundown. The temperature didn't drop below 100 until 7:45 p.m. and was still at 95 degrees at 9:06 p.m.

Hopkins County and other areas of North and Northeast Texas have been under a heat advisory since Thursday, with heat indeces climbing above 105 each day.

The worst of the heat is expected to subside after today, with high temperaturs near 96 on Tuesday, with heat index values as high as 99. Daily highs the rest of the week are forecast at 96 to 97 degrees.

Tropical Storm Edouard, which is expected to make landfall on the Southwest Louisiana or Northeast Texas coast, could bring some rainall to the area in the middle of this week. The storm is projected to make landfall near Galveston about 7 a.m. Tuesday and continue on a northwest track into Central Texas, reaching the Austin area about 7 a.m. Wednesday. The tropical storm could pick up strength from warm Gulf waters and gain near-hurricane speeds over the next 24 hours.

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