As heat records fall, advisory issued for afternoon

The National Weather Service in Brownsville has issued a heat advisory for the entire Rio Grande Valley.

HARLINGEN — One day after the blazing heat toppled records in Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen, more of the same is in the forecast today.

Brownsville, with a high yesterday of 100, broke a record high of 99 for the date set in 1900. Harlingen’s 105 broke the record of 102 set in 1953, and McAllen’s 111 shattered the mark of 103 set in 1980.

National Weather Service forecasters in Brownsville have issued a heat advisory today between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Actual temperatures may be a bit lower than Thursday, ranging from the high 90s near the coast to 103 to 108 higher up the Valley in Rio Grande City and McAllen.

Heat index values, which combine temperature and humidity to obtain the “feels like” temperature, will range between 111 and 115 during the afternoon hours.

Fallout from Tropical Storm Cindy is also playing a role in the waters off South Texas.

Small craft advisories have been issued for the Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico from shore to 60 miles out due to a combination of strong winds and leftover swell from the tropical disturbance.

Winds were expected to be from the southeast at 23 miles per hour.

The surf at South Padre Island was expected to increase from 4 feet to 5.5 feet later today.

Swells this morning were 8 feet in the Gulf of Mexico but were expected to gradually drop over the weekend.