Humidity is still very low, but temperatures are back on the rise. Highs today in the upper 80s to near 90 (National reached its 14th day 90+ this year) are pretty typical of our summer warmth, though dew points near or below 50 are something to savor. As you start the long weekend, try to spend some time outdoors this afternoon into the evening – it should be pretty fantastic!

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Through Tonight: Take Camden’s advice from this morning and join him outdoors for dinner this evening! Temperatures slowly settling into and through the 70s eventually fall to near 60 in the coolest suburbs while hovering in the upper 60s downtown. It’s mostly clear throughout with just a light breeze from time to time.

Holiday weekend: Tomorrow should be pretty similar to today, just a smidge warmer and with more humidity in the air. Look for highs to rise near 90 or into the low 90s with plenty of sun shining down. By Sunday, even more humidity makes itself known and that, mixed with a front nearby, could touch off a few afternoon showers or storms. Otherwise, it’s partly sunny and hot with temperatures hitting the mid-90s. For the 4th, we’re looking at partly sunny skies with temperatures again near 90 or into the low 90s. Humidity should drop off a bit, and we run an outside shot at some showers or a storm.

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Heat/drought in Texas/Oklahoma: In June, it was 90 or higher in Tulsa OK 29 out of 30 days, tying for the most on record. In Texas, Midland had its hottest and driest month on record (since 1931). Since October, Midland has only received 0.18” rain, its driest 9-month stretch on record (the second driest was 2.02” from Nov. 1950 to July 1951, h/t Paul Douglas). Other Texas heat rankings, according to Jeff Masters: Warmest on record in San Angelo and Borger, 2nd warmest Austin and Amarillo, 3rd warmest in Dalhart, 4th warmest in San Antonio, and 10th warmest in Brownsville

Pollen update: Walter Reed reports trees are LOW, and grasses and weeds MODERATE.