Tropical Storm Daniel formed in the eastern Pacific early Wednesday and further strengthening is possible during the latter part of the week.
For the latest stats on Daniel, visit the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.
Environmental conditions are favorable for additional strengthening of this feature thanks to sea surface temperatures over much of the Eastern Pacific at or above 80 degrees.
Along with the warm waters, the amount of "wind shear" or twisting of the winds throughout the atmosphere remains very low.
Therefore, further strengthening into a hurricane is possible, potentially as early as Friday night.
Daniel is tracking west away from land, which is good news for tourists and residents of the southern coast of Mexico.
Still, higher-than-normal coastal tides and waves will develop across the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima and Michoacan through Friday.
Wave heights along the coast will rise to between 5 and 7 feet as Daniel continues to strengthen. Dangerous rip currents will also become an issue for visitors to resorts along the coast.
Just as this storm tracks out into the open waters of the Eastern Pacific this weekend, we will turn our attention to another tropical wave which is currently off the coast of Costa Rica.
This wave is producing showers and thunderstorms over a large area of the Eastern Pacific off the western coast of Central America.
Currently, the storms associated with the wave are very disorganized. However, as this feature continues to track westward over the next few days, it will encounter the same favorable conditions that allowed Daniel to develop and strengthen.
Near-normal temperatures and the chance for wet weather will mark the beginning of the weekend, as July transitions to August.
The risk of drenching and locally gusty thunderstorms has expanded to parts of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
A cold front swinging across the northeastern United States will bring the threat of drenching thunderstorms to end Thursday with less humid air to follow for Friday.
A cold front will press southward bringing relief from the heat to Spain, Italy and southeast Europe late this week.
Following the steam bath of this week, the weather around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore will not be in a hurry to cool down.
Flooding monsoon rain will continue this week in India and southeast Pakistan, but a drier pattern is expected to set in during August.
11 of the past 12 days brought heavy rain to at least some part of the state.
Thunderstorms with heavy rain flood and washed out many roads across the northeastern part of the state.
Columbia, SC (1991)
July 1991 became the wettest month ever with 17.46" of rain. The old record was 16.72" set in August 1949.