Houston’s forecast remains on track, with another day or so of humidity before a front brings drier and cooler air in for the weekend.
One more almost summer-like day lies ahead for Houston with highs near 90 degrees. The ample atmospheric moisture also means we’ll have one more scattered shot at rainfall, which much of the region really needs now after a very dry September and almost no rain in October. Alas rain chances are probably only 20 to 30 percent, perhaps a little bit higher for western areas of the region. Lows tonight will again be warm and sticky.
We’ll see another warm day on Friday, with mostly sunny skies, but drier air will begin to filter into the area along with a cool front later in the day. Houston won’t see an immediate cool down, but conditions will be nicer by the evening hours, and the front will be more apparent come the weekend. Rain chances are near zero with the front.
Saturday and Sunday
Temperatures have been trending a little warmer for the weekend, but conditions still should be pretty nice for the region. Expect highs in the mid- to upper-80s, with drier air under sunny skies, and lows in the mid-60s, a bit warmer along the coast and cooler up north.
Monday through Wednesday
An additional push of drier air should help us out early next week, likely keeping temperatures in the mid-80s, with sunny skies, and lows in the low- to mid-60s. It’s not cold, but it’s not summer-lite, either. If I had to guess, after Friday, we may well be done with 90-degree days for 2016.
After some weakening following its interaction with Haiti and Cuba, Matthew has unfortunately begun to strengthen this morning and probably will continue to do so today. The National Hurricane Center forecasts that a very powerful, 145-mph hurricane will reach Florida’s east coast on Friday, and I’m especially concerned for Kennedy Space Center and some of its older, iconic buildings. Some people have asked about the possibility of this storm looping back around, into the Gulf of Mexico, and eventually threatening Texas. I would advise not worrying about that possibility. Texas is almost certainly done with tropical threats for 2016.