For July, the weather outside today and tonight will be amazing. Under the influence of gloriously dry air, we’ll see comfortable conditions for the next few days before more summer-like weather returns. We’ll also touch on the tropics in today’s post, although right now we don’t really see anything to worry about.
Temperatures have generally fallen into the low 70s this morning, and despite full sunshine today we don’t expect highs to get much above the upper-80s today. (Normally a mostly sunny day in July would be 5 to 10 degrees warmer). Winds will be out of the northeast at 5 to 10 mph.
Under the influence of this northerly flow, dewpoints this afternoon will be in the 40s (to the west) and 50s (in Houston), which will completely obliterate most of our region’s characteristic humidity. Expect very fine weather this evening, with lows in the upper 60s for inland areas. We may approach the record low temperature for July 24, 68 degrees, at Bush Intercontinental Airport, this evening. Don’t miss the fine weather.
Another very fine day, a lot like Wednesday, although probably a touch less dry and a touch more humid.
As winds turn more easterly, our weather will start to warm up, and the humidity return. Expect highs in the low 90s, with mostly sunny skies.
Saturday and Sunday
As moisture returns, and the influence of high pressure remains distant, rain chances will increase this weekend. We’re talking 40 to 50 percent each day, most likely along the sea breeze during the afternoon hours. Expect high temperatures in the low 90s under partly to mostly sunny skies. With light winds, this could be a case where a few pocket areas pick up 1 inch of rain from slow-moving storms, but most of the city sees very little to none.
The National Hurricane Center has identified a region in the northern Gulf of Mexico where it says there is a 20 percent chance of development for a tropical depression or storm this week—this is the remnants of the cold front that moved into the Gulf earlier this week.
Overall, development of a tropical storm is unlikely (really), and anything that does develop most likely will move off to the northeast, away from Texas. If this changes, Matt and I will certainly let you know, but for now this is nothing to be really concerned about.