One of the last strong fronts of the season looms on Wednesday

Good morning. Houston’s forecast remains on track, with warm, humid weather before a strong front moves into the region on Wednesday. This will clear out our skies, and cool down our temperatures for most of the rest of the week. Enjoy this spell of cooler weather, as April is right around the corner.

Tuesday

It’s a misty, warm morning for much of the region, with temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s. Humidity is near 100 percent. Some of these clouds will depart later today, and a little sunshine may peak through as highs reach into the low 80s. We could see a few very scattered, very light showers later today and tonight as temperatures remain in the low 70s near the coast, and maybe fall into the upper 60s for inland areas. It will be a warm night, a promise of things to come as the region edges closer to summer.

Tuesday will be quite warm for the region. (Weather Bell)

Wednesday

But it’s not summer yet, as a front on Wednesday will attest! In terms of timing, the front should reach far western and northern parts of the Houston metro area around sunrise, push into the central city by around Noon, and move off the coast during the early afternoon hours. A line of light showers will probably accompany the front, but accumulations should measure only about a tenth of an inch for most. Temperatures will drop about 15 degrees with the front’s passage, into the 50s. Winds will be quite strong out of the north, with some areas seeing 30 mph or greater gusts.

Thursday and Friday

These will be colder and sunnier days. Look for highs in the 60s (perhaps low 60s on Thursday) and lows generally in the 40s for most of the region, and much drier air. We won’t be seeing many more days in the 60s until next fall at the earliest, I suspect.

Low temperatures Thursday morning will be quite chilly. (Weather Bell)

Saturday and Sunday

By Friday night the onshore flow should return, and this will likely push high temperatures to around 70 degrees by Saturday, and the mid-70s on Easter Sunday. Skies will be partly sunny. The real question is whether we see any rain as atmospheric moisture levels creep back up. For now I think an atmospheric inversion will prevent enough rising air to produce showers, which in any case would be light and scattered were they to develop on Saturday evening or Sunday. Bottom line: Your outdoor Easter plans are probably safe.

Next week

The trend for next week will be one of warming, as highs rise into the 80s, and perhaps even the mid-80s. After Wednesday’s front we’re not seeing any strong indications of another cold front next week. That probably will change at some point, but the warming trend seems clear.

7 thoughts on “One of the last strong fronts of the season looms on Wednesday”

  1. Question…why doesn’t it rain if most of the conditions are in place? We have clouds, humidity and a front which usually triggers storms and rain. What exactly prevents the rain from being triggered and creates drought here? Sign me Perplexed! Thanks, I really appreciate your work!

    • Look up capping inversion and the conditions that lead to them. This will, most times, answer your question.

  2. “ Some of these clouds will depart later today, and a little sunshine may peak through…”. There is a difference between peek, peak and pique, which are all homophones.

    Remember that if you are referring to the topmost point of a place, activity or achievement, you should use peak. If you mean to glance or take a quick look, you should opt for peek. Lastly, if you want to imply that something or someone stimulated interest or curiosity, the right term would be pique.

  3. It’s funny, it doesn’t seem to matter when Holy Week lands on the calendar, we get some form of rough(er) weather. Several Good Fridays have had wild weather (but those are usually at the end of March). And, yes, I’m going to soak up the 60 degree days since I know we are nearly through with them!

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