Houston to see improved rain chances today and Friday before a hot and mostly sunny weekend

Good morning. We’ve seen a healthy line of thunderstorms move through coastal areas this morning, including a pretty good soaking for the city of Galveston. As I write this the rain-cooled temperature is 77 degrees on the island. According to the National Weather Service, this is the first time the temperature there has dropped below 83 degrees, since July 1. I’m hopeful that other parts of the metro Houston area will see some welcome showers today and on Friday before heat and high pressure return this weekend.

Thursday

Skies will be partly sunny today as atmospheric moisture levels increase, and high pressure remains just far enough to our northwest to allow clouds to form. Showers and thunderstorms will become increasingly likely this afternoon, with storms moving from northeast to southwest. Local temperatures will depend a lot on the extent of this cloud cover later today, and whether you see showers this afternoon and evening. Overall, I expect areas south of 1-10 to stay in the low- to mid-90s, with inland areas likely seeing the upper 90s, and some locations such as College Station probably pushing to 100 degrees.

HRRR model radar forecast for 5 pm CT on Thursday. This will not reflect reality, but gives some sense of the kind of pattern to expect. (Weather Bell)

Rain chances are about 40 percent, and these showers will be hit or miss, with briefly intense rains possible and straight-line winds within thunderstorms. Storm chances will slacken overnight. Winds will be light, mostly out of the southeast.

Friday

I expect Friday to be similar to Thursday, albeit with probably the better chance of rain closer to the coast. This day probably is our region’s best chance to see a high temperature of 95 degrees or lower since July 1, and also probably our best chance of doing so for at least the next week or 10 days.

Saturday and Sunday

The weekend should see a return to high temperatures in the upper 90s for much of the region, with far inland areas possibly hitting 100 degrees. These days will be mostly sunny, although we probably will have about a 20 percent chance of an afternoon shower.

Next week looks extremely warm for Texas and much of the rest of the country. (Pivotal Weather)

Next week

Unfortunately it appears as though high pressure will continue to build back over the area next week, pushing area-wide highs toward 100 degrees again, and rain chances below 20 percent each day. If you’re wondering when this pattern will break, I’m not sure I have a great answer. Instead, I have a depressing one—we still have our warmest month to come, August, when these ridges are often at their thickest. I hope you see some precipitation today.

16 thoughts on “Houston to see improved rain chances today and Friday before a hot and mostly sunny weekend”

  1. As hot and awful as it is, I’ll at least take comfort in knowing that the high pressure will keep away any hurricanes that try to swing by. Gotta take the good with the bad!

  2. Woke up to a thundershower. 0.4″ in the rain gauge when I left.

    Dang it, I’ll have to cut the grass this weekend.

    • I mowed last night around 7 p.m. It actually wasn’t too bad, considering I usually do it on weekend mornings when it’s more humid.

  3. Meanwhile drought has farmers selling livestock they can not find or afford feed for and praying no idiot tosses a cigarette butt out a car window. Terrified of another wildfire like in 2011

  4. While the high pressure keeps hurricanes away, I wouldn’t mind it taking a break for a week. Or, at least moving to the middle of the Gulf to allow for some rain/clouds over us.

  5. I hate high pressure systems. Im from El Paso and they are the reason why it is so dry up there. Now we have it here too! ugh

  6. Hey a shout out for Tim on useful jet stream commentary yesterday. There’s a slew of us readers that want to know why not just what. Nice to get some color commentary…the “weather whys” section hasn’t been added to since before 2020. Now if someone could explain “thick” ridge…is that a height or width adjective?

  7. I hope this drought doesn’t start taking a toll on all of the oak trees. I recall the last bad one (2011 maybe?) that killed so many ancient, beautiful oaks in The Arboretum, Memorial Park, Hermann Park.

  8. 1 1/3 “ on Houston west side this afternoon. Hallelujah! First rain in weeks. The Terry Hershey Park will be revived!

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