The dying front will miss most of Houston, but bring slightly drier air

Good morning, Houston. As we watch the region’s first front approach our area, peter out, and die, I wanted to remind you one final time of Reliant’s sweepstakes to win a free AC System. We’ve already had one winner, but there’s still a second chance to win if you enter by next Tuesday. You can find an entry form, and details of the giveaway right here. It’s an entire, brand-new system—quite a deal.

Thursday

The aforementioned front has made it through College Station, and is pushing into areas such as Katy. It may make it all the way to northern parts of the I-45 corridor this morning, but it is quickly weakening. As the front stalls we should see showers develop over central and eastern parts of the area later this morning and during the afternoon. It will be the same drill as recent days, with hit-or-miss thunderstorms. High temperatures will vary widely today, from upper 70s far west of Houston to low 90s along the coast. As drier air filters in to the region, lows on Friday morning may be a few degrees cooler than normal for most of the metro region.

There will be a tremendous gradient in high temperatures on Thursday. (Pivotal Weather)

Friday and Saturday

Any semblance of the front will be gone by Friday, as summer returns in full force. Both of these days should see partly to mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid- to upper 90s. Rain chances will be lower, likely with only a few isolated to scattered showers developing during the afternoon.

Sunday through Wednesday

An upper level low pressure system will combine with a surge of tropical moisture during the first half of next week to bring better rain chances across the entire region, probably beginning later on Sunday. Right now we’re not looking at anything extreme, but I think most of Houston can probably expect to see 0.5 to 2 inches of rain between Sunday and Wednesday or so. Increased cloud cover should also help to keep highs by Sunday or Monday in the low 90s. Overall, warm, humid, summer-like weather will continue at least into next weekend.

National Hurricane Center 5-day outlook for Thursday morning.

Tropics

There are a couple of yellow blobs on the National Hurricane Center’s outlook for the next five days near the Gulf of Mexico, with 20 and 30 percent chances to develop into tropical depressions or storms over the next five days. Right now we don’t anticipate either developing into strong tropical systems, but these will be helping to drive the rain chances we mentioned earlier, beginning perhaps on Sunday.

17 thoughts on “The dying front will miss most of Houston, but bring slightly drier air”

  1. I’ll take a few degrees cooler in the mornings. Last week the lows along the coast were brutal.

    I always appreciate knowing you guys are watching the blobs and will let me know when I need to start watching the blobs! Stay away blobs!

  2. Was not expecting to see 7 points on the map, even if 3 of them are just going to be thunderstorms.
    But, it’s mid-September and that front missed us. Here’s to hoping we just get the previously-forecasted rain and nothing else.

  3. Had a good rain for 15-20 minutes just before sunrise this morning. Strange, but it never showed up on radar. So I guess it didn’t happen.

  4. A small and short dip in humidity will be welcome. And, it will give us a tantalizing taste for the first fall front.

    Continued thanks to Eric and Matt for keeping an eye on the blobs, too.

  5. It was actually “cool” this morning driving in with the window down for the first time in months. I’ll take it.

  6. It was FREEZING cold this morning, maybe around 72º and breezy when I went out to walk about 7:15… saw one lady in a long sleeved T-shirt… and that’s fairly near the Galleria… loved it!!

  7. Wife and I drove to Chappell Hill today and found the front. It was 66 degrees at 1:00pm! Delightful! We love your website.

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