Weather Week: Feels Like Spring in Houston

Spring in Houston is a complicated business. In more northern parts of the country, the weather is starting to warm a bit, blooms are showing up on flowers that have lain dormant for months and people are starting to don light jackets instead of winter coats. Here, the weather has been warm for weeks, flowers started blooming in January and the few who put on winter coats -- and were likely ridiculed for it -- have already had them dry-cleaned and crammed into the back of the closet for next year's one week of cold weather.

Being in a temperate climate, our seasons don't pass with a lot of fanfare, but spring always brings at least some degree of uncertainty for our region. For the first time since this most recent drought set in -- nearly two years ago -- we are returning, at least for the moment, to typical spring weather for Houston. That means it will be hot, then rainy, then cool, then hot again. Lather, rinse, repeat and so on.

For the first half of the week, it will be decidedly muggy with high humidity, temperatures pushing into the upper 80s and nighttime lows in the 70s. Thursday, however, brings yet another chance for rain. The last few weeks have seen midweek showers crop up along frontal boundaries, a refreshing change from the months of overly dry conditions. This week appears to be the same.

As a cool front pushes south, forecasters expect a line of storms to pass through the area dropping anywhere from a half inch to perhaps an inch and a half in some areas. That would put us well ahead of where we should be in April and help at least a little to mitigate the persistent drought conditions.

By the weekend, expect cool, beautiful weather with highs in the low to mid 70s and lows in the upper 40s. Temperatures that low this late in April, while not a total oddity, are not terribly common either. Given how hot it will be come late July, we should all count our blessings and enjoy the patio weather while we can.

Long-range forecasts seem to indicate the cool-ish weather might stick around at least into the middle of next week, but expect the humidity to return as we enter that long, slow descent into the hell of summer.


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