The much-discussed first front of the fall season has pushed off the coast and into the Gulf of Mexico, but drier (and cooler) air has largely lagged behind. As we suggested on Monday, it will be a slow process, but much more fall-like weather is still on the way.
Today will be partly to mostly cloudy as moisture lingers along the coast, with possibly enough energy to produce a few isolated storms this afternoon near the Gulf. However most of the region will see temperatures in the low 80s under mostly cloudy skies. As drier air filters in tonight, inland areas should see lows in the upper 60s, with lower 70s along the coast.
As skies clear out on Wednesday temperatures will warm into the upper 80s under mostly sunny skies, but with drier air we should still see overnight lows fall off into the upper 60s.
A second cold front should move through the area on Thursday, and this is what should really make for a splendid end of the week, and weekend for Houston. After another warm day in the upper 80s, under mostly sunny skies, we should see lows fall to near 60 degrees for inland areas on Thursday night, and the upper 60s along the coast.
Friday through Sunday
Talk about perfect timing—tremendous fall weather will line up for the weekend. After the second front pushes through, this cooler and drier air will give us days in the low- to mid-80s, nights in the low- to mid-60s, and lots of sunshine. Should be perfect weather for football, yard work, or whatever else you might plan to do outdoors. Savor it. After August and September, we deserve it.
It looks like Tropical Storm Matt will form during the next day or two in the Atlantic Ocean, and then move into the eastern Caribbean Sea this weekend.
Depending on the strength of high pressure to its north there are several scenarios for this storm, which could become a fairly strong hurricane in the Caribbean. Right now I’d rate the threat to Texas as very low, as it seems like the storm will remain east of here, eventually steered into the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Florida or into the Atlantic. But we’re going to watch it all the same.