After some nastier than expected thunderstorms moved through Houston on Tuesday evening, with damaging winds west and south of Houston, conditions have settled down nicely. Fewer than 3,000 CenterPoint Energy customers remain without power, and skies are clearing as the sun comes up this morning. Notably, Bush Intercontinental Airport did officially fall below 60 degrees this morning, giving Houston its coolest temperature in late May in two decades. Enjoy the cooler weather—because you know it won’t last.
What a day we have in store. After a cool start, with northerly winds holding down humidity levels, highs today should climb into the low to mid-80s with mostly sunny skies. Conditions will be marvelous this evening. Simply exceptional weather for late May.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Thursday morning will be pleasant again, with lows generally in the mid-60s across the region. But winds should begin to swing back around to come out of the south by Thursday morning, which will signal the end of our spring fling, and a slow rise in humidity levels. Look for high temperatures in the upper 80s to 90 degrees to end the work week, and into Saturday, with continued sunny skies.
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Sunday, Memorial Day and beyond
The onshore winds will begin to drive up moisture levels for the second half of the weekend, and set the stage for a potentially wet period. A weak front stalling north of Houston may send enough energy into the region to create some rain showers next week, but there’s not particularly great guidance from the forecast models.
I think we’re going to see another warm day on Sunday, with highs near 90 degrees, before clouds and at least some scattered showers move in to cool things off—highs in the mid to upper-80s next week, perhaps. While there’s definitely the potential for some widespread rain on Memorial Day and during the first part of next week, right now there’s just not a strong signal for what we’re going to see. Thus I would expect accumulations of 0.5 to 2 inches of rain from Sunday through the middle of next week, with the caveat that some areas could see more. Obviously, we just don’t have a whole lot of confidence, but right now we’re not anticipating some of the heavy rainfalls we’ve seen on recent Memorial Days.
Posted at 6:55am CT on Wednesday by Eric