Welcome to summer in East Texas! We all expect it to get hot at some point, and that point is now. If you recall, we were spoiled last summer with all the rain and the fact that we only hit 100 degrees once. I believe this summer will be a little hotter. However, it is not the heat, but the humidity that really gets us. Since we are so close to the Texas coast, humidity levels stay high all summer. So when temperatures climb close to 100 degrees, it feels more like 110 degrees! That is the heat index value. The chart to the left shows you how we calculate it. Keep in mind that these readings are taken in the shade so if you are directly in the sun, 100 degrees will feel like 115 degrees! I urge you to be careful if you plan to be outdoors for extended periods of time. Drink lots of water and take frequent breaks. Just think, by September, maybe the first Fall cold front will arrive.