According to Wharton County Emergency Management, the mercury this week will continue to hover into the 90s and with the heat index values as high as the 100s.

Coordinator Andy Kirkland alluded to September’s ending, but Summer-like temperatures continuing through the week.

The lows, however, will fall into the low 70s this week at night. From Thursday through the weekend, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

“Our first cool front may be coming in next week,” he said.

Also in his report on Monday, Sept. 30, Kirkland said outdoor burning continues as the Keetch-Byram Drought Index average value for Wharton County is at 404, ranging from 179 to 621 across the county.

He said the driest areas are near Elm Grove and also by Louise.

In terms of the tropics, Kirkland said it remains quiet, which he called “very good.”

We now start to look for cool fronts to steer tropical systems off to our east,” Kirkland said.

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