by Steve Norris, Smith County Insider Weather Correspondent
We have a daily chance of showers and thunderstorms all the way into the middle of next week, and unfortunately the weekend may have some of the highest threats of those storms. High temperatures will be mostly in the mid-to-upper 80s which isn’t bad for this time of year. We are expecting normal temperatures but above normal rainfall through the 20th of July.
There have been some incredible weather happenings around the world in the past few weeks. The all-time record for the largest hailstone in Texas was broken when a stone weighing a pound and a quarter fell near Hondo Texas. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada occurred last week when it hit 121 degrees in the western part of the country. Temperatures reached the 80s in Siberia where it is normally about 50 degrees this time of year. I never cease to be amazed at the weather these days.
Sadly there have been 7 heat related deaths in automobiles this summer with the windows rolled up. Look before you lock! In some of these cases, kids or pets climbed into the back seat without the parents knowing they were there. With an outside temperature of only 80 degrees the temperature inside a vehicle with the windows up reaches 109 degrees in only 20 minutes and on a 90-degree day the temperature in a closed up car hits 120 in a half hour. Once again be sure to look before you lock! If you have weather questions or comments, drop me an email to email@example.com