Houston to enter a somewhat wetter pattern over the next few days

Our summer-long battle with high pressure has mostly been futile, but over the next several days the good guys should win. We’ll see an influx of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, which should in turn drive up rain chances and bring down temperatures slightly. I don’t think we’re looking at any type of flooding conditions, but much of the region should pick up one-half to one inch of rain through Sunday, and after today high temperatures should be more reasonable, in the lower 90s for much of the area, for a little while.

Tuesday

Highs today should reach the mid- to upper-90s for inland areas, as mostly sunny skies prevail. However, as the sea breeze kicks up we’ll see some isolated to scattered thunderstorms move inland from the coast, and for some locations that will bring the mercury down this afternoon. Rain chances are probably about 20 or 30 percent. Winds will generally be light today, out of the south or southeast at around 5 mph, except where storms develop.

Wednesday

Conditions will be slightly cooler, with slightly higher rain chances on Wednesday as Houston’s weather starts to become more influenced by the Gulf. Look for highs in the mid-90s, with rain chances in the 30 to 50 percent range. Nighttime temperatures will remain sticky, only briefly dropping below 80 degrees for most locations.

High temperatures on Thursday should be a couple of degrees cooler than normal for many locations. (Weather Bell)

Thursday and Friday

A couple of atmospheric disturbances will combine with Gulf moisture to raise rain chances to around 70 percent for both of these days. While chances will be moderately higher closer to the coast, and east of Interstate 45, much of the region should see intermittent light to moderate rain showers. Both days should bring partly cloudy skies, and in addition to this, rain-cooled air may hold highs in the upper 80s to 90 degrees. Rain showers will be most likely during the afternoon hours on both days.

Saturday and Sunday

Rain showers will be more hit or miss this weekend, with slightly better coverage on Saturday than Sunday. I’d expect these to be mostly sunny days, with highs generally in the low 90s for Houston, and likely a bit warmer further inland in places like College Station.

NOAA rain accumulation forecast for now through Saturday. (Weather Bell)

Next week

It appears as though high pressure will start to reassert itself next week, with high temperatures likely to push back up into the mid- to upper-90s for much of the Houston area, to go along with diminished rain chances. I don’t think we’re looking at a ridge-of-doom type scenario, but it’s the middle of August so generally that means rather hot weather around these parts.

4 thoughts on “Houston to enter a somewhat wetter pattern over the next few days”

  1. Here in Cypress I have had just 5.75″ of rain since Jan 1. Most of that came on just two days.

    • The forecasts of “hit or miss,” “spotty,” and “scattered” have not delivered? Or you personally have not had any of the correctly described and predicted rain?

  2. Only 47 days until “Fall Day”. Give or take a week or two.. Summer is flying by. School starts in about a week. There is just 13 hours and twenty six minutes of daylight, way down from the solstice and dropping fast.

    Life is good! The cool first day of fall will be here before you know it!

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