Congratulations, everyone. We’ve reached the dog days of summer—the period of warmest temperatures during the year. Based upon temperatures from 1981 to 2010 at Bush Intercontinental Airport, the normal high temperature for July 27 kicks up to 95 degrees, from 94 degrees on July 26. The region’s normal high will remain 95, and the low 75, from now until August 21, when the high temperature drops back down to 94 degrees. Thus, while the temperature differential is admittedly slight, the next three-and-a-half weeks are in fact the historically warmest part of the year for Houston. The good news is that, in less than a month, we’ll begin (ever so slowly) sliding toward fall.
Hot and sunny conditions will persist today, with highs ticking up to near 100 degrees across most of the region except for the coast.
Some moisture will begin to work toward the area, and we could see some showers far to the southwest of Houston, such as Palacios, or to the east, such as Beaumont. Houston itself should remain dry, however, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 90s.
Slight rain chances will return to the forecast, as moisture levels begin to creep back up in Houston itself. The models are split at this point, but we can’t entirely rule out some scattered rain showers in the city. For the most part, however, expect sunny skies and highs in the upper 90s.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
After very dry (rain-wise) conditions for the second half of the month, the end of July should finally see the return of rainfall and some cooler temperatures. This will be driven by the combination of high pressure moving off, and a weak cold front pushing through the area and bringing some instability. Right now rainfall amounts look to average 0.25 to 0.75 inches for most people. Temperatures should fall back into the lower 90s to begin next week due to cloud cover and intermittent rain chances.
Matt Lanza normally provides updates on Fridays, but he’ll be stepping away for the next three weeks because his wife is having a baby. In fact, she gave birth on Wednesday afternoon, bringing Franklin into the world. I’m thrilled to report that everyone is healthy, and Matt is over the moon.
See you on Monday.