Houston’s stretch of “comfortable for June” weather about to come to an end

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve turned into a statistics machine, focused on one value: Dewpoints. Not gonna lie, it’s been fun. Anyway, here’s another one for you today: As of yesterday evening, we had amassed 132 hours of dewpoint values at or below 65°F this month. Since 1990, the most hours in the month of June that comfortable was 197 hours in 2006. So, yeah, it’s been kind of great this month, as Junes go. Of course, as Eric alluded to yesterday, we really do need some rain. And we are going to get both the return of humidity and higher end rain chances as we go through the weekend and into next week.


Yesterday was the 5th consecutive day with a high of 94° in Houston. Today could well be the 6th in a row. Expect a day much like yesterday with sunshine and some passing clouds. Rain chances aren’t zero, but they’re minimal for most of us. Areas south and west of Houston stand the best chance for some slow moving downpours this afternoon.

Saturday & Sunday

Whatever is left of our dry air will work its way off to the east by tomorrow, and we should be hot and humid. Rain chances will inch up with that change, as atmospheric moisture cranks back up closer to what is normal for this time of year.

The percent of normal precipitable water (basically, how much atmospheric moisture is available) from this afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Moisture returns to at or above normal by tomorrow or Sunday. (Weather Bell)

If Friday carries a 20 percent chance of a shower, Saturday and Sunday would probably carry about a 30 percent chance or even a bit higher. Any showers could be locally heavy this weekend. Look for morning lows in the 70s and afternoon highs in the low- to mid-90s on both days. With higher humidity, expect it to feel more like typical Houston summer, with heat index values back up at or above 100° each afternoon.

Monday through Wednesday

The atmosphere will pick up even more available moisture early next week, which should be enough to allow for numerous showers and thunderstorms each day. For any given location early next week, rain chances probably “only” reach 40 or 50 percent each day, but there will be a pretty good chance that most of us see at least some rain in that timeframe. Any rain could be heavy at times. It will be warm and humid with highs around 90°, give or take a couple degrees and lows in the mid- to upper-70s inland (80° or so at the coast).

Late next week

We’ve got a couple interesting things to watch for later next week. First and foremost is Saharan dust. One of the more significant dust plumes of the last few years has emerged off Africa this week.

Tremendous quantities of dust have emerged from Africa this week. (College of DuPage)

Models that we use to track aerosols strongly suggest that this plume will transit the Atlantic Ocean through early next week and arrive in the Gulf by Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. From there, the question will become about where it goes.

As all this happens, it appears some kind of loosely organized upper level system is going to emerge over Texas. The orientation of this system will be difficult to forecast this far in advance, especially given how spread out and disorganized it looks. But its position will be key to what happens later next week. There are a couple reasons why this matters: First, it will determine where this Saharan dust initially goes, be it into Louisiana and the Southeast or into Texas. This is dust season, and if we were to see a dust event here, you would expect very milky, if not gray skies, weird sunsets (sorry to disappoint, but these probably would not be glorious, colorful ones), and lots of irritation for allergy sufferers and asthmatics. At least we should all be wearing masks, right? Those of you that fall into sensitive groups during days with poor air quality will want follow the forecast closely into next week. We could still see showers and storms, but they may diminish heading into the weekend.

Secondly, if that upper system does end up over our part of Texas, it will just be another trigger for daily showers and storms, and in that case, we will need to keep tabs on things to make sure certain areas don’t see too much rain.

The current rainfall forecast through next Friday morning of 1-3″ area-wide is very manageable, but we will want to keep tabs on how this plays out. (NOAA via Weather Bell)

It’s possible that we see enhanced rain chances next Thursday and Friday, with building dust by the weekend. Suffice to say, we aren’t entirely sure specifically how late next week will play out. But the bottom line? Rain is coming. Dust may be coming. We’ll keep you posted next week on both possibilities.

17 thoughts on “Houston’s stretch of “comfortable for June” weather about to come to an end”

    • They’re worth watching. Again, that’s all going to depend on exactly what this upper level low/disturbance does. But, yes, someone could end up with a fair bit of rain. Just too early to get too worked up about it at this point.

      • But if Euro is more accurate, why shouldn’t we be more concerned? 10-20” is too much. I distinctly remember an event in which Euro had the same thing and weather forecasters ignored it in favor of the other models and Euro was right all along. Why is this different?

        • The Euro is a much better model than the GFS, but it’s also not infallible and tends to fail at times just as hard as the GFS. If you look at ensemble means, which are usually a better gauge of consistency, the signal for heavier rain is there but mainly south of Houston, closer to Matagorda and Corpus. But given the situation (a tough to predict upper low) it’s foolish to think any model can nail that down right now. The signal it sends to me right now is that a.) conditions may be ripe for locally heavy or excessive rainfall, which is mentioned and b.) that the position/orientation of the upper low, which can change markedly 6-7 days from now, will have a big say in which areas are most likely to be drenched, which is also mentioned. Anything beyond that is flat out speculation.

  1. Wishing this weather could stay… just a little bit longer… maybe until October! It’s been delightful.

  2. not sure this comment was needed here. just note that it’s the recommended action right now as Matt if common health is even remotely on one’s radar. if you focus on yourself only, that’s perfectly your right but i’m sure it won’t make you popular – neither here nor elsewhere

  3. The Saharan dust seems to come every year in early summer, but how come no colorful sunsets this year? Due to cloud cover? Amazing how the dust can cross the ocean, which means that micro organisms, spores and small seeds, insects, could all potentially travel in the air currents and move intercontinental.

    • Dust does usually come annually. It gets spread all over the world too. https://journals.ametsoc.org/bams/article/94/9/1329/90663/Understanding-the-Transport-and-Impact-of-African It’s rather fascinating. As far as sunsets go, we’ve had a couple decent ones of late, though not sure if that’s dust related. I personally think the sunsets get overhyped. With dust this thick, you end up more like the sun looking like a little orange/yellow circle fading into the dust each evening rather than something more brilliant.

      • That paper is interesting, especially seeing the satellite photo of the dust cloud stretching all the way across the Atlantic. Amazing how nature has a way of traveling.

        Thinking back, I would agree that the sunsets from the dust last year were mostly the sun looking like a disk in the haze.

        I had a good spring/early summer rain shower on Friday afternoon, and a light rain Saturday. Nothing with high winds, lightning, or other hazards. Just a good soaking for my plants. It will probably make the grass grow and I’ll have to get out there and mow soon.

  4. With respect, the one thing that will help us contain the outbreak and keep businesses up and running is mask use. Studies galore show this is the one consistent thing that reduces spread (including research from Texas A&M). By you not wearing a mask, you do nothing except risk getting others sick. This is not a cultural or political issue. It’s a common sense one.

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