Most of the Houston area remained dry—if cloudy—on Sunday. But the moist atmosphere in the wake of fading Tropical Depression Barry remained evident in areas such as Beaumont, which picked up 4 inches of rain. This moist atmosphere remains for one more day, and along with it the potential for heavy rainfall, before a drier pattern begins to build on Tuesday.
The highest risk for heavy rainfall remains east of the Houston metro area today, from Beaumont through Louisiana. Most of the city and surrounding counties will see less than one-half inch of rain. However, the eastern half of Houston remains at a slight risk of picking up an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain fairly quickly. This could cause brief street flooding in a worst case scenario. Otherwise, partly cloudy skies should help to limit temperatures in the low 90s, but alas the humidity will be oppressive.
Rain chances will fall back to about 20 or 30 percent, as moisture levels remain fairly high in the atmosphere, but the region begins to feel the influence of high pressure. Any showers and thunderstorms that do develop should be fairly short lived. Partly to mostly sunny skies should allow high temperatures to climb back into the low- to mid-90s.
Wednesday and Thursday
These will be fairly typical summertime days for Houston, with mostly sunny skies and highs likely in the mid-90s. Temperatures won’t quite be high enough to necessitate heat advisories, but it’s going to be humid so take extra care outside. Overnight lows will be steamy, in the upper 70s to 80 degrees.
Friday through the weekend
The weekend looks to bring more of the same. At this point I’d not entirely rule out rain chances—they’re probably on the order of 10 to 20 percent each day, due to the sea breeze—but these again look to be warm days in the mid-90s with lots of sunshine. This is July, after all. Plan your beach weekend with confidence.
I just wanted to thank Matt for covering the site over the last 12 days while I took an extended vacation with my family. He handled the development and progress of Hurricane Barry with great care at a time when there seemed to be lots of speculation about the storm coming to Texas, even late into the week when that possibility seemed pretty remote. I—we—are very fortunate to have Matt as part of this site because not only is he an exceptional meteorologist, he embodies Space City Weather’s ethos of providing reliable, useful information when inclement conditions threaten. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.