A warm December weekend for Houston, with the return of cooler air aiming for the middle of next week

We managed our 4th straight 80 degree day yesterday in Houston, a feat last achieved in December of 2021. So, yay. I suppose. Congrats to those of you who like warm weather year-round. It’s your moment right now. Enjoy it because changes are coming next week, and we almost certainly have an end in sight to this warm pattern.


We expect a mostly similar day today to how recent days have been: Clouds, sun, fog in spots, especially near the coast, and highs around 80 or so. If Houston hits 80° again today, it will be only the fourth time we have had five consecutive 80 degree days in December, all of them coming since 1998.

Another day around 80 degrees seems likely today. (Pivotal Weather)

But today will also feature at least a chance of a few passing showers this afternoon. Most folks won’t see much of anything, but a few isolated pockets of rain are likely around the area.

Saturday & Sunday

We’ll have another warm night, with lows in the 60s and areas of fog, especially close to the coast. So Saturday may start a bit dreary, then perk up some. Highs will be in the 70s to near 80. Shower chances will once again arrive by late afternoon. Those chances will actually continue well into the evening or overnight hours. Lingering showers will be around on Sunday morning before things should subside a bit later in the day.

Ignore specifics, but tomorrow evening’s radar could look something like this: A few showers or downpours around, with locally heavy rain, while most people see nothing at all. (Pivotal Weather)

Again, not everyone will see rain, but some will see a fair bit of it Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Some isolated stronger thunderstorms are also possible. We’ll do lows in the 60s again Saturday night into Sunday morning, followed up by highs in the 70s on Sunday. It’s possible that on Sunday folks northwest of Houston see temperatures drop into the 60s for a time as the cold front will make one failed attempt at pushing through. For Houston and points south and east, the front making it through on Sunday is unlikely at this time.

Monday & Tuesday

We will start next week on a mostly calm note, with clouds, sun, fog, and an isolated shower for Monday. We may actually turn a bit warmer, more humid, and noticeably breezy on Monday as well, as a strong storm system begins to organize in the lee of the Rockies. A typical warm pattern setup.

That storm really cranks on Tuesday over the Plains which should drag a cold front through Houston on Tuesday night. Tuesday will be our last real warm day, with morning lows perhaps near 70 and daytime highs again near 80 degrees. Expect at least a few showers or storms with the front on Tuesday evening, but it’s too soon to say how robust that will look just yet.

Beyond Tuesday

At this point we are not expecting any real meaningful weather heading toward late next week. In fact, it looks pretty nice for pre-Christmas weather. We should see a decent amount of sunshine, highs in the 50s to near 60 and lows in the 30s or 40s. We may get a windy day in here Thursday or Friday with a reinforcing shot of colder air.

The National Weather Service’s National Blend of Models gives us decent insight into days 5 through 10, and you can see that we turn sharply cooler but not too cold for the end of next week. (WeatherBell)

Heading toward Christmas week there is a lot of uncertainty within weather modeling. We will probably get some kind of warm up for early on the week of Christmas, followed by a drop in temps later in the week. But details and exact timing and intensity are very uncertain at this time. Suffice to say, it would be wise to keep both spring and winter attire at the ready heading into the week of the 19th.

9 thoughts on “A warm December weekend for Houston, with the return of cooler air aiming for the middle of next week”

  1. More warm and humid is just the combination of words I was looking for. ☹️😒 in checking out my plants this morning, about 85 mosquitoes almost carried me off when 5 minutes. Come on, next week.

    Thanks for the info, Matt!

  2. I think I read somewhere that we could have another unusually cold winter this year. I know we don’t usually see winter until January, but was wondering if you had heard anything or noticed any patterns that could verify that? I know it’s probably too early to know for sure, but was wondering.

    • this is a great question however, considering how off all the meteorologists have been these past five years and specially this year about rain, I doubt you will have an answer. It’s just a waiting game for now. Technology is supposed to help but all it does is make it more confusing and all over the place. Random predictions. Same as if you contacted an astrologer.

      • La Nina was the cause for a warm christmas last year and that is the prediction for this year. meterology is never guaranteed to be100% accurate

    • When was our last unusually cold winter? In 2020 we had an unusually cold spell, but the overall winter was warmer than average. We can expect more of these anomalous cold spells in an overall warm pattern due to the weakening of the polar jet stream. This allows polar air to break through and move south. It was the cause of our cold spell this November.

    • Seasonal forecasting remains a bit of a crapshoot at times, but we can parse some things out. There’s going to be a lot of cold air available this winter, but whether it stays up in Canada, the northern Rockies or Plains or is able to periodically find its way south is TBD. Typically in La Niña events we average warmer than normal for the winter in Texas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get some significant cold at times. I’m not necessarily talking 2021 February type stuff, but just a couple nights in the low 20s or something.

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