Yes, fall really is finally on the way for Houston

After an oh-so-very-long summer we are continuing to make progress toward fall in the Houston area. The region’s cold front remains on track for Monday, and the only question at this time appears to be how strong it will be. Looking a bit further ahead, a second front appears likely by the end of next week, signalling that we truly are moving into a fall-like pattern.

Thursday

Alas, summer will hold on for a while longer. Thursday should be mostly hot and sunny with high temperatures in the low 90s. We can’t entirely rule out some isolated to scattered showers, but most of the region will indeed be dry. It’s going to be another muggy night, where most of the region fails to drop out of the upper 70s. Yeah, we’re tired of those kinds of nights, too.

Summer will rage on today, with highs in the 90s. (Weather Bell)

Friday

A similar story will play out on Friday, although rain chances may step up to about 20 percent by the evening hours as a cold front stalls out well north of Houston. Look for high temperatures again in the low 90s.

Saturday and Sunday

It should be a hot and mostly sunny weekend for the Houston metro area. On the plus side, if you were looking for one more really warm beach or pool weekend—and the last 4,382 this summer haven’t been enough—you’re in luck. It’s going to be warm, with highs generally in the 90 to 93-degree range. Nights may be a shade cooler than we’ve seen, with some slightly drier air backing into the region. Rain chances will be near zero until Sunday night.

Monday

Cold front day! Forecast models generally agree on a front reaching Houston on Monday, which should make for a breezy day with say a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain showers as the front pushes through. The GFS model has backed off on the strength of the front, to some extent, but most other models are holding pretty strong. At this point I think we can expect lows in the 50s for areas north of Houston, low 60s in the city, and perhaps a bit warmer near the coast. That remains subject to change, but we’re still pretty confident that it’s going to feel great.

Houston may get two fronts next week. (Weather Bell)

Next week

Tuesday night looks like the “coldest” for next week, with a gradual warming trend heading into the weekend. The general pattern looks like we may see some rain maybe on Friday before a stronger front arrives by next Friday or Saturday.

Tropics?

Nah, we’re not worried about the yellow blob.

12 thoughts on “Yes, fall really is finally on the way for Houston

  1. Vickie

    Can’t wait for the fall weather! Love that you call these tropics occurrences “yellow blobs”. Tells me there is nothing to be concerned with. Thanks for all you do! Come on Fall!

  2. Joyce C.

    I think that “cold front day” should be a city-wide holiday in Houston and surrounding areas so everyone can enjoy.

  3. Jason

    not looking forward to cold weather with the leaky house and lousy heat, and the high gas bills that it causes, nor do I want there to be more wind, it has been very windy

  4. Cary

    Eric,

    1) I don’t understand the second graph. Does the graph show an hourly high and low temp at KIAH? How does that work?

    2) Is Houston officially in a drought?

    1. David Goldfarb

      The US Drought Monitor at droughtmonitorl.unl.edu shows Harris County as not having drought conditions, but most of Texas does.

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