Weather Week: April Showers May Continue as Temperatures Slowly Rise
April brings rain and wildflowers...and taxes.
Photo by Jeff Balke
Last week, the entire area got around two inches of rain, as much as three in some places. Considering how drought-ridden our area has been, that's a pretty decent amount of rain but not nearly enough to stave off the persistent dry weather that has been plaguing the region for nearly two years. This week, we could get a little more rain as a front approaches, but we will need more.
Don't expect any more 50-degree daytime temperatures like we had last week. After that front passed through, it was pretty darn chilly for the first week of April. In fact, it matched the record lowest high temperature set for that day. But with that last bit of winter behind us, we should settle into some very spring-like temperatures.
Most of the week will be in the upper 70s and low 80s. The best chance of rain is late Wednesday as that front pushes through, but even then the chances are less than 40 percent. There might be a lingering shower into early Thursday, but that appears unlikely. By the end of the week, the weather should be fantastic, with highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 50s with light winds.
That pattern should hold through Saturday, but slowly the winds will shift back out of the south and those Gulf winds will start blowing across the area, increasing the temperature and the humidity. Sunday will probably be a bit muggy but still probably won't reach 80 degrees.
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Next week is setting up to be an awful lot like this one, with similar patterns right down to the chance of rain mid-week.
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