After four weeks of often-times very cold weather, high temperatures on Sunday broke into the 70s on Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, that is the 5th longest streak on record of sub-70 degree days for Houston’s Hobby Airport, and 12th longest for the city of Houston overall. The last time this occurred was 2010. Certainly, it represented the depth of winter for the region this year.
A cool front moved through Houston early on Monday, generally bringing from one-tenth to one-half inch of rain to the area. Skies will clear out this morning, and we’re going to have an exceptional day with high temperatures of about 70 degrees. Overnight lows will drop to around 40 for inland areas, and 50 degrees along the coast.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Drier, mostly sunny weather will persist through much of the week as high pressure settles over the region. Days will be pleasant, with highs somewhere in the mid-60s, and overnight lows again around 40 degrees for inland areas, and 50 along the coast. Our modest northerly winds will shift from the north to east, and then southeast by Thursday, which should allow humidity levels to gradually rise.
Highs on Friday should be a bit warmer as the onshore flow resumes, but it appears that cloud cover will limit temperatures into the upper 60s. As moisture levels rise on Friday, we can’t rule out some scattered, light showers, but I expect most areas to remain dry.
Saturday and Sunday
The region’s next cool front appears set to arrive sometime on Saturday. Depending on the front’s timing, highs in Saturday could reach the low 70s before the front moves through. It’s also not clear how much rain will accompany the front’s passage—some models are pretty dry, while others show upward of an inch of rain. That’s going to have to be determined as we get later into the week.
Provided that the front moves through on Saturday, the second half of the weekend looks clear and cooler. If you’re looking to do outdoor activities this weekend, such as the Walk on the Wild Side in the Clear Lake area on Sunday, the day will start of cooler, in the low 40s. But sunny skies should push afternoon high temperatures up into the 60s.