It would appear that winter is definitely in the rearview mirror for the city of Houston. This doesn't mean we won't see some cool to cold weather before the long, hot expanse of summer sprawls out before us, but it is unlikely we will have any weather like we cataloged the last few weeks. The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but it would appear it didn't cover southeast Texas.
Between now and the end of the week, expect temperatures in the mid and even upper 70s. It could even reach 80 over the next day or two before a front pushes through on Thursday. Even then, temperatures won't drop significantly with highs around 70 degrees on Friday.
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Unfortunately, we won't see much rain with the front, something we need as Eric Berger from the Chron pointed out in his weekly weather blog post on Monday. Harris and surrounding counties are back to moderate drought conditions and there isn't much hope of rain for the next 10 days.
Part of the reason we have dropped into that range is simply because the entire region has yet to fully recover from 2011, however, there is no reason to think that we will see a rough drought this year.
Nevertheless, any rain is a good thing at this point.
For now, we'll have to stick with mild temperatures and some balmy humidity as we begin the low, slow warm up to summer. It may only be mid February, but this is Houston. It will be 90 degrees in no time.