Soggy weather turning sunny for Houston

The end of what has been a wet week is near. The Houston region has generally received from 2 to 8 inches of rain during the last seven days. Although the rains did cause some isolated flooding and cancel some outdoor events, by and large they were beneficial—quelling what had been an emerging drought just as we’re entering the warmest months of the year. Here’s a look at accumulations during the last seven days.

Seven-day rainfall accumulations. (NOAA)

Today

The radar is largely clear this morning, and skies are partly to mostly sunny across the region. While atmospheric moisture levels have come down, they’re still high enough that we should see some scattered showers and thunderstorms develop later today into this evening. Accumulations should be slight, except possibly for a few isolated locations. Highs in the upper 80s.

Wednesday through Friday

Winds will shift on Tuesday night to come out of the northeast, providing some rare, dry June air for Houston. This won’t cool our days off much, we should still see sunny conditions with highs of around 90 degrees. But I do have some hope for pleasant evenings and mornings, with drier air and lows in the upper 60s offering a nice contrast from our more normal muggy fare for June. This will be pleasant time to spend outdoors, if you don’t mind dodging the mosquitoes.

Saturday and Sunday

The onshore flow resumes, and if you’ve been in Houston awhile you’ll know that means muggier days and nights. Still, for June, the weekend won’t be oppressive by any stretch of the imagination. I think we can expect mostly sunny days, with highs in the upper 80s, and lows in the mid-70s. I’m still not entirely ruling out a chance of rain on Sunday afternoon, but I think we’ll remain dry for the weekend.

Next week

For now it looks like we’ll see the return of scattered showers by Monday or so of next week, with days becoming partly to mostly cloudy. It certainly doesn’t look like the rain accumulations will be particularly impressive, but cloud cover could help to keep temperatures at 90 degrees—or just below. We’ll see.

Posted at 7:30am CT on Tuesday by Eric

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