Month: March 2019

After mostly nice weather this week, we’re heading into the weekend warmer, but with a cold front on the way. That leads to unsettled weather. Let’s discuss.

Today

I don’t think we have any real issues today, but it wouldn’t be the biggest shocker in the world if a handful of us see a shower this morning as a weak disturbance pushes through. The best chances will be north of Houston, but ultimately, I do think most of the area will stay rather dry today. Onshore winds will continue to pump up temperatures, humidity, and provide a good deal of clouds. Expect us to reach about 80 degrees this afternoon.

Saturday

Tomorrow should behave a lot like today early on. Expect clouds, warm temps, humidity, and a chance of a shower through late morning. It gets trickier in the afternoon. The cold front is going to arrive in Houston sometime around mid- to late-afternoon. Because of that, expect a “dress for two seasons” day on Saturday.

This is the NAM model depiction of temperatures at 3 PM on Saturday. This would have the southeastern half of the region near 80 degrees, while the northwestern half has dropped into the 60s and even some 50s. Dress for two seasons tomorrow. (Weather Bell)

The morning will be warm and humid, and at some point in the afternoon, it’s going to get chilly. We may reach 70-75° in the far northern reaches of the area, call it Huntsville or College Station. Once the front passes, temperatures will drop into the 60s and 50s. In Houston itself, we will probably hit 75-80 degrees, with temperatures falling into the 60s after 3-4 PM. South of Houston should get to about 80 degrees away from the immediate coast, and the front will arrive in the evening, allowing temperatures to join the rest of the region in the 60s or 50s.

For everyone, expect just a few showers as the front moves through, but the temperature drop will be the hallmark of this frontal passage.

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It’s been a grand, spring-like week with lots of sunshine and dry air for Houston. That splendiferous pattern will soon end as the weekend approaches.

Thursday

After a few clear and sunny days, some clouds are beginning to return to the sky this morning as winds turn east. Today will still see some sunshine, and this will allow highs to get into the mid- to upper-70s. Later this afternoon winds will turn out of the southeast, and gust up to 20mph signalling the return of much more moist air.

Lows Thursday night will be warmer than what we’ve seen this week. (National Weather Service)

Friday

Skies will turn mostly cloudy, as high pressure completely exits the region off to the east later on Thursday. Winds will continue to blow out of the south, and southeast throughout the day. This will allow for a slight chance of light rain showers across the region, but chances appear less than 20 percent. Highs will get up to near 80 degrees, despite the clouds, and it’ll feel quite humid outside.

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Houston is in the midst of some lovely weather, but we do have some concerns about pollen, particularly from oak trees. Levels remain “extremely high” across the region as we’ve not had a good, hard rain in quite some time which would help knock these levels down.

Tree pollen levels in Houston on Tuesday, March 26. (City of Houston)

There is the possibility such a rain will come this weekend, but no guarantee as the model forecasts are somewhat disjointed. And now, on to the forecast…

Wednesday

Another incredible spring day is on tap: sunshine, highs in the 70s, dry air, and a moderate night in the 50s. If you’re working today, get outside this evening. If you’re working tonight, get outside today. Enjoy!

Thursday

As winds become more southeasterly, we’re going to see some rises in humidity, and perhaps some clouds move into the skies, but high temperatures still should remain confined to the 70s. More clouds move in later Thursday evening, and nighttime temperatures likely will only fall into the 60s for most of the area.

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