A major shift in the weather pattern will drive cooler air southward across the Plains and into Texas through this weekend.
After a long, hot summer in much of Texas and the southern Plains, any relief from the 100-degree readings will be more than welcome.
Cooler, less humid air will travel thousands of miles to the south from Canada during the second half of this week, reaching Oklahoma before the week comes to an end.
The air will push southward across much of Texas over the weekend.
High temperatures are forecast to be 15 to 25 degrees lower in the wake of the front. In Dallas and San Angelo, highs are forecast to be in the 80s both days of the weekend. By Sunday, the more comfortable air will reach into San Antonio, Houston and El Paso.
It is possible that temperatures and humidity levels will be shaved as far south as South Texas and part of northern Mexico by early next week.
Ahead of the front through the end of the week, the heat will continue over the region.
As the front pushes southward, there is the potential for a severe weather outbreak over portions of the South Central states spanning into Saturday.
The pattern change will bring additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms to portions of the Ohio Valley, South and East this weekend.
A dip in steering currents will drive the cool air across the Plains and could work to draw Leslie northward into Atlantic Canada next week.
Tropical Depression Two has lost its battle to become the next Atlantic tropical storm, but it will still increase shower activity across the Caribbean to end the week.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
A potent storm system moving out of the Northwest United States will bring an elevated risk of tornadoes to parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Thursday.
Severe thunderstorms that blasted areas of Arkansas with damaging winds and heavy rainfall will continue to race through eastern Texas.
Fresh cooler and less humid air will settle over the Washington, D.C., area for Thursday and Friday.
As California continues to be plagued by intense drought conditions, some surfers are reaping what may be one of very few benefits to such a dry season.
Minneapolis, MN (1987)
10 inches of rain fell in 6.5 hours.
Montpelier, ID (1990)
75 mph winds gust; tree damage.
Seattle, WA (1991)
99 degrees, all-time record high for July.