Happy “Fall Day,” Houston!

Sunday’s cold front certainly took its sweet time moving through Houston—the city tied a record high with 92 degrees, and Galveston broke its record high of 91 degrees—but cooler and drier air did finally blow through during the afternoon and early evening hours. And it’s everything we’d hoped it would be, strong enough, and lasting long enough, that we’re declaring this Fall Day for 2017 in Houston.


It’s been a breezy night, especially along the coast, as the front has pushed deep into the Gulf of Mexico. These winds should die down later this morning, although some gusts in the low 20s are possible throughout the day. Look for highs in the upper 70s this afternoon under sunny skies. Temperatures tonight will be pleasant for fall, ranging from around 50 degrees well north in Houston, into the mid-50s for much of Houston, and upper 50s closer to the coast. It’s going to feel, dare I say it, almost cold?

Monday night’s low temperatures. Oh my. (National Weather Service)


Another day a lot like Monday, with less wind. Look for highs in the upper 70s, sunshine, and another cool night heading into Wednesday.

Wednesday and Thursday

We’ll be a bit warmer, and some humidity will work its way back into the region, but these still should be pretty nice days. Look for highs in the low 80s, perhaps a few clouds, and overnight lows in the mid- to upper-60s.

Friday through early next week

The forecast for this weekend is somewhat uncertain as forecast models are divided on how to handle the movement of an area of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere. Some models bring it through the area fairly quickly, and others drag it through over a matter of days. What I think is most likely this weekend is partly to mostly cloudy days, with muggy highs in the low 80s, and intermittent rain showers. Depending upon the aforementioned evolution of that low pressure system, we could see anywhere from 0.5 inches to a few inches of rainfall. Right now I’m not overly concerned about the rainmaking potential for this system, but it’s something we’ll watch for.

Eventually a cool front moves into the area next week, perhaps on Monday or Tuesday, likely bringing an end to the rain.

6 thoughts on “Happy “Fall Day,” Houston!

  1. Robert

    Taking the bikes down to Galveston tomorrow to ride thru to Historical ‘Hoods and have lunch at the Sunflower Bakery & Cafe. First trip to the island for bike riding since early May.

  2. Robin

    Sorry but we really need the rain here by San Jac and 59 near Humble. We have recorded only 1.1″ total since Harvey. Everything is dried out and dying. Seems to be feast or famine rainwise now.

  3. Milt

    Interesting…from your archives, October 17, 2016, your headline…”Three more days of heat before some relief comes to Houston”…as Yogi said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

  4. Randy Smyth

    Loving the weather today!
    FYI – Your ARS article on Ophelia popped up in the “Top News” section in my SmartNews app this morning.

  5. Jrod

    Any thoughts on the coldfront the GFS is showing moving through here Halloween weekend? I know its reliability is questionable, but showing some really nice lows on the 28th and 29th (while New England gets 70 degree weather, no less!)

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