Weather Week: Chilly Early, but Warming Up

The changing leaves in Houston go quickly, so enjoy them while you can.
The changing leaves in Houston go quickly, so enjoy them while you can. Photo by brando via Flickr
One of the wonderful things about living in Houston is getting to watch friends to the north dig themselves out of show banks while we bask in mild temperatures. This past weekend was a perfect example with temperatures from Thanksgiving through Sunday hanging between 50 and 75 degrees. It was a bit cloudy over the weekend, but you can't beat the temperatures.

Others may have noticed leaves finally changing colors and beginning to rapidly fall from trees marking the one or two weeks of what we around here might call "fall." Enjoy it while you can.

Sunday saw quite a change with the passage of a fairly strong cold front. In fact, the jet stream has moved pretty well south and we should get a nice blast of colder air the first part of the week before things start to rapidly warm up again.

For Monday and Tuesday, expect high temperatures to stay in the upper 50s to low 60s under mostly sunny skies. Overnight lows, particularly on Monday night into Tuesday, will drop into the 30s. Areas to the north and west of Houston could see a very light freeze, but most of the area should remain well above 32 degrees.

By Wednesday, onshore flow should return along with some clouds pushing daytime high into the low 70s with an overnight low in the 60s. Thursday could see a stray shower or two ahead of a cool front on the way. It should be pretty warm on Thursday topping out around 76 degrees.

The next front should move through late in the day on Friday and bring slightly cooler weather for the weekend, but we'll discuss that later in the week.

For your first day back after the long weekend, dress warmly. Monday morning temps should be in the 40s, but it should be a lovely first day back to work.
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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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