Winds up to 60 mph blasted through the Fort Worth-Dallas area Monday night, causing damage at Valley Ridge apartments in Irving.
After light thunderstorms early this morning, a larger complex of storms is expected to move through the area after 10 a.m., said Dennis Cain, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
He said once those storms dissipate the forecast calls for heat and humidity that will drive the heat index value up to 106 today.
The humidity was at 82 percent this morning, but dropped to 52 percent by early afternoon. The forecast calls for a breezy afternoon, mostly cloudy, with wind speeds at 23 mph.
The area is under a heat advisory through Tuesday evening, with heat index values expected to reach 105 to 108 in the afternoon and early evening. Drink plenty of water, never leave children or pets in vehicles, wear lightweight clothing and check on those vulnerable to heat, such as the elderly, the weather service advises.
What’s ahead, according to the National Weather Service website:
Today: Highs should be in the upper 90s, with winds from the south at 15-20 mph this afternoon. Lows tonight should drop to the upper 70s.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, highs in the upper 90s and heat index readings up to 107 degrees. Lows are expected to be in the upper 70s.
Thursday: More of the same, with highs expected around 100 degrees.