Sunny, cool weather this week for Houston. But what of Christmas?

After a cold, winter-like weekend in Houston, temperatures will moderate some. But we’re not going back up to warm, 80-degree weather any time soon, and in reality the overall pattern looks really pleasant for at least the next week or so. At this end of today’s post we’ll also take a preliminary look ahead at weather for the Christmas holiday.

Monday

After a chilly start with lows in the 30s for inland areas and 40s close to the coast, southerly winds and sunshine will allow for highs to warm into the low 70s. The return of a southerly flow will be brief, however, as a cold front pushes into the region—likely sometime between midnight on Monday night and sunrise on Tuesday morning. There won’t be enough moisture ahead of the front to produce any precipitation.

Sure, it’s cold out there on Monday morning. But it definitely could be colder. (Weather Bell)

Tuesday through Friday

Truth be told, there won’t be much change in our weather this week thanks to a front early on Tuesday, and an additional front Thursday. We’re going to see mostly sunny skies, mostly clear nights, highs in the low- to mid-60s, and overnight lows generally around 40 degrees for inland areas, and upper 40s to 50 degrees right along the coast. This is pretty typical weather for mid-winter in Houston.

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Saturday and Sunday

Temperatures will warm some this weekend. As a best guess, we’ll see partly sunny skies with highs in the upper 60s on Saturday, and low 70s on Sunday, although there’s a bit of uncertainty. Some kind of front may approach the region by the end of the weekend, and this could be the spur for a few showers, but right now rain coverage looks spotty at best. We’ll have a watch that, as this weekend will bring our next chance at any precipitation.

Rain accumulation forecast for Sunday and Sunday night. (NOAA/Weather Bell)

And Christmas?

We’re now two weeks away from the holiday, which lies beyond the ability of any forecast to provide specific information about conditions on Christmas Day. However, the overall pattern suggests that next week will be kind of warm (some highs in the mid-70s) before a strong-ish front moves through and cools things down (sometime in the Dec. 22 or Dec. 23 time frame). If this scenario holds, and I’d put the odds above 50-50, then we’re probably looking at a cold Christmas, with highs in the 50s or lower 60s. Can’t say too much about precipitation yet, but it’s certainly not something we can rule out.

6 thoughts on “Sunny, cool weather this week for Houston. But what of Christmas?

  1. Zack

    Is there a backstory to the IAH climate graphs taking a hiatus?

    “Note: Climate graphs that were on this page are not available at this time.
    It is possible they might return some time in January.
    January 2001 thru November 2017 graphs can be found here.”

  2. Bob in Champions

    Thank you for being the most frank person in Houston when it comes to the weather. Glad that your abilities were showcased earlier this year (even if it was for a traumatic event).

  3. MJ

    Eric: We’ll need a game time forecast for Alamo Stadium in San Antonio for 3 p.m. Saturday as the Katy Tigers play in the state semi-final game! Any chance of rain out there?

  4. Worrybug

    URGENT: Could this ” strong-ish front” that “moves through and cools things down (sometime in the Dec. 22 or Dec. 23 time frame)” turn out to be a “Frosty Harvey?” (if you get my drift, Eric)

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