Good morning, and welcome to my weekday morning update on conditions ahead for the greater Houston area.
It’s a pleasant morning across Houston with temperatures in the low 60s. After yesterday’s breeze the winds have fallen to only about 5 mph out of the north. High temperatures today under sunny skies will climb to about 80 degrees.
In short, it’s going to be spectacular.
Wednesday and Thursday will also be sunny, although a bit warmer, with highs in the low- to mid-80s. Nighttime lows should remain in the low 60s.
By Friday things change as a strong upper-level storm system moves in from the west. We’ll see the return of clouds, strong southerly winds bringing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, and decent rain chances. This should keep highs to about 80 degrees or lower.
Heavier rain is unlikely before Friday night and Saturday. Forecasts vary widely on how much the region will get, and at this time I’d say anything from 1 to 5 inches of rain is possible, with slightly greater amounts of rain closer to the coast.
If this rain comes all at once we could see some localized flash flooding on Saturday, but all in all this weekend’s rain shouldn’t be near the magnitude of that last weekend. Moreover the strong rains will likely come to an end sometime on Saturday afternoon or early evening.
With that said I am cautiously optimistic that by 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. on Saturday night, about the time vigorous trick-or-treating begins, the rain will be ending. Still hard to say for sure, but that’s my guess right now.
Next week will start out a bit cooler.
Posted at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday