Houston to set record for winter warmth (but it will be quite nice)

Good morning. After Monday’s widespread rain, the region’s weather will now settle down for a while. The continuing story this week will be much the same as it’s been for this winter, warmer than normal temperatures. We’re almost certainly going to smash the record for total number of 80-degree days in “winter,” defined here as December through February. We’ve had 17 days with highs of 80-degrees or warmer this winter, and that ties the previous record set during the winters of 1995-96, 1956-57, and 1910-11. This week we’re likely to pick up at least one or two more 80-degree days before a front moves through.

However, with that said, this week’s weather should be quite pleasant. Despite the warmer days, it won’t be too humid, and nights will cool off. And this weekend? Oh my.

Today

A weak front will move through today, bringing some drier air out of the northwest. Although there’s a slight chance of rain with the front, most areas won’t see any precipitation and skies will remain mostly sunny for the most part. Highs today should be in the mid-70s, with lows tonight in the 50s—warmer for the coast, cooler for inland areas.

Wednesday and Thursday

High pressure will settle over Houston, bringing two sunny days to the region. Look for highs of around 80 degrees, and lows of around 60 degrees. As it won’t be overly humid, both days should feel pretty great.

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Friday

Friday will again see highs of about 80 degrees, but by around the evening hours forecast models bring a cool front into the Houston region. Right now it appears the front’s passage will be a dry one, and should push overnight lows into the low 50s.

Here’s the rain accumulation forecast for now through the weekend for Texas. Yeah, it’s going to be dry. (Weather Bell)

Saturday and Sunday

What a weekend! In the wake of Friday’s front, Houston is going to have an amazing weekend. Right now I’m expecting highs in the low 70s, mostly sunny skies, and overnight lows on Saturday and Sunday morning in the upper 40s for inland areas, and low- to mid-50s along the coast. Nicest weekend of the year so far—and this may end up being the nicest weekend of the year overall.

Next week

Most of next week looks warm, with a return of highs of around 80 degrees. Looking way ahead to the second week of March, the trend seems to be toward colder weather.

Posted at 6:50am CT on Tuesday by Eric

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