Weather Week: Partly Cloudy and Cool The Week Before Christmas

Expect cloudy conditions much of the first half of the week with clear skies closer to the weekend.
Expect cloudy conditions much of the first half of the week with clear skies closer to the weekend. Photo by Hitoshi Taguchi via Flickr
This past weekend was one of the nicest our area has seen in quite some time. Sure, it was a little on the cool side in the evening, but you can't beat daytime temperatures in the 60s in mid December under sunny skies. This week, our temperatures will remain relatively stable, but there won't be quite as much sun in the forecast.

Monday will see mostly cloudy conditions in the morning with some clearing later in the day. The sooner the clouds move out, the warmer it will get, but don't expect temperatures above the low 70s. By Tuesday, the clouds roll back in ahead of another cool front, albeit not a very strong one.

Our best chances of rain are overnight Tuesday when there should be showers around much of the region. None will be terribly strong, however;  we might see a quarter to a half inch of rain in spots.

The front will begin to clear things out on Wednesday and temperatures will drop slightly in its wake, particularly on Thursday when highs will go back down into the lower 60s and lows will fall into the lower 40s. There could be some windier conditions Thursday as well, but it will make for clearer skies Thursday afternoon and into Friday, which looks beautiful.

Looking Ahead to Christmas

The weather picture for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is a bit complex right now. A cool front will be moving through the area, but the timing at the moment is uncertain. The more likely scenario is it moves through on Christmas Eve but leaves behind showers for Christmas Day. Temperatures are likely to be in the 70s both days with lows in the 50s, so don't expect a white Christmas in Houston this year. We'll have an update on Thursday in our weekend weather outlook.
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Jeff Balke is a writer, editor, photographer, tech expert and native Houstonian. He has written for a wide range of publications and co-authored the official 50th anniversary book for the Houston Rockets.
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