Houston’s first low in the 40s came super late this year, according to climate records

If it seems like it’s been a slower-than-usual slide into fall this year, that’s because it has been.

Houston finally recorded its first overnight temperature in the 40s of the season on Wednesday morning, if only barely, at 49 degrees. According to data compiled by Brian Brettschneider this ties as the second-latest date (1902) in the fall season that Houston has recorded a temperature in the 40s.

Date of first sub-50 degree fall temperature in Houston. (Brian Brettschneider)
Date of first sub-50 degree fall temperature in Houston. (Brian Brettschneider)

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For Houston, winter is coming

Do you remember when I talked about a cold spell arriving around the time of Thanksgiving week? Well, it’s coming a little bit early, beginning on Saturday.


We’ll have two more gorgeous days like Wednesday, with full sunshine, dry air, cool nights and highs in the mid- to upper-70s. This is how fall should feel.


A strong cold front will approach and move through the area on Saturday. It doesn’t appear as though we’ll see a squall line of storms, or anything like that, but beginning Friday night through most of the day Saturday conditions should be mostly gray, with light rain chances. I don’t expect accumulations of more than a tenth of an inch or two. The biggest change will be winds — gusting to above 20 mph — and colder air. By late afternoon or early evening the temperature will be in the upper 50s.


Hello winter.

The GFS model is probably overdoing Monday morning's low temperatures, but whooboy it's going to feel cold. (Weather Bell)
The GFS model is probably overdoing Monday morning’s low temperatures, but whooboy it’s going to feel cold. (Weather Bell)


After a start to the day with temperatures around 40 degrees, highs on Sunday will struggle to climb out of the 50s under mostly sunny skies. Monday night should be the region’s coldest since early March. Much of the area, at least inland parts, could see lows in the upper 30s. The forecast models have trended lower (see the GFS forecast for Monday morning), but I don’t think we’ll see temperatures get that close to freezing. Still, it’s gonna be CHILLY.


We’ll gradually warm up during the rest of next week and I’d expect highs on Thanksgiving to be in the upper 70s, or so. Unfortunately rain, or even storms, will be possible some days later next week but it’s too early to have any confidence in when.

Cool for the work week, and (potentially much) colder this weekend

As expected Tuesday’s storms blew through with some sound and fury, but didn’t end up doing too much damage. And in their wake they’ve left us with some gorgeous fall weather. This weekend should be even colder.


We’re going to have three gorgeous fall days. Sunny, highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s. Dry air. Moderate winds. You really couldn’t ask for more.


Late Friday night or early Saturday morning a reinforcing cold front should arrive. This will bring with it a slight chance of rain, but nothing like the showers we saw on Tuesday. However this will set the stage for what will likely be a cloudy, chilly and breezy Saturday afternoon and evening. If you have outdoor plans you’ll definitely want a jacket.

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Strong storms moving into Houston today, isolated tornadoes possible

Good morning. A cold front was making steady progress across central Texas at 6 a.m. today and promised stormy weather for the greater Houston region later this morning and afternoon.

Location of the front and main squall line at 6 a.m. (Intellicast)
Location of the front and main squall line at 6 a.m. (Intellicast)

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