This weekend saw some impressive early October heat. Oh, did I write impressive? I meant oppressive. Especially on Sunday—when the high temperature reached 93 degrees. So far seven of this month’s eight days have seen warmer than normal conditions, which is especially galling at a time of year when many of us are looking forward to cooler fall weather.
We’re going to have one more uncharacteristically hot day on Monday before some moderate relief finally arrives. Highs today may again rise into the low 90s, and another high today of 93 degrees would tie a record high for this date. However, a moderate cool front will reach the northern part of Houston tonight, and should move off the coast by Tuesday morning.
Some moisture will pool ahead of the front, which could lead to some light, scattered showers on Tuesday morning before the front moves offshore. Most areas probably won’t see rain, and those that do probably won’t see more than a tenth or two of an inch of rainfall. Highs Tuesday should only rise into the low 80s, with drier air making the evening and overnight temperatures feel pleasant.
This should be the region’s nicest day in a while. Temperatures will start off somewhat cool and dry, with lows in the 50s for far inland areas, low 60s for Houston, and near 70 degrees along the coast. With mostly sunny skies, look for highs of around 80 during the afternoon hours.
Alas, the pleasant weather will not last. Highs will warm into the mid-80s on Thursday, and moisture will begin returning from offshore. This will set the stage for another warm weekend.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
High pressure returns, and this will mean warm days with highs of around 90 degrees, and muggy nights with lows of around 70. Rain chances will probably remain near zero, as well. So for the handful of you out there who like summer weather in Houston, you can look forward to a beachy weekend.
Another front seems likely to move through early next week, perhaps on Tuesday. Given our sluggish start to fall, I wouldn’t bet on it being a particularly strong one. But you can bet I’ll be watching and hoping …