Houston has had a moderate first half of July, with an average high temperature below 93 degrees, and overall temperatures slightly below normal for this time of year. That is now about to change, as we shift into the mid- and upper-90s, virtually no chance of rain, and full-on summer. We hope you like it hot, because hot is what you’re going to get.
Remember all those clouds and healthy rain chances last week? Yeah, they’re pretty much gone. During most of last week the amount of moisture in the atmosphere, typically measured as precipitable water, was quite high as we saw values 50 to 100 percent above normal for this time of year. But this morning the tables have turned, with precipitable water values only about 50 to 70 percent of normal levels.
So rain chances are going to go way down today, and go pretty much away for quite a while. Skies today should be partly sunny with highs in the mid-90s. What you probably will notice is a fine, yellow haze. That’s the Saharan dust that will be with us for the next few days. It will at least make for some pretty sunsets.
Tuesday through Sunday
There just isn’t that much to say about Houston’s weather for the rest of the week, so I’m not going to bore you this morning with the details. Basically, we can expect partly to mostly sunny days, with high temperatures most likely in a range between 95 and 100 degrees. Overnight low temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s will provide scant relief as humidity levels remain high. The dog days of summer are here, and that means dog’s breath humidity.
So, eventually some relief?
The forecast models are showing pretty much unrelenting heat and dry weather (in terms of rainfall) for the next 10 days. Some relief does seem possible toward the middle of next week, when high pressure breaks down and rain chances creep back up. But until then, our weather will be a broken record.