If you were sitting outside in your backyard or on your porch last night as I was, you might have wondered why it felt so...pleasant. In fact, yesterday afternoon when I walked outside in a shaded area, I thought for a second that it felt rather mild instead of the brutal conditions normally inflicted upon Houstonians every summer. Well, that, my friends, is dry air. I discussed it in my weekly weather, but the same dry air that pushed temps over 100 last Saturday is helping to make it feel a little better outside now that we are back to our normal low 90s for July.
Add to that the fact that it got down into the 60s overnight, something it rarely does in Houston in July, and you have yourself a pretty nice outdoor experience. But enjoy it, because it won't be around for much longer.
The Fourth of July should be hot and dry with highs in the low to mid 90s. By the evening when fireworks start going off, it will feel better than it normally does in July, with lower humidity, but that dry air is also cause for concern for anyone personally using fireworks. With little rain the past few weeks, fires will be a real concern as people are blowing crap up for the holiday, so be extra careful where you're aiming that Roman candle, son.
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By Saturday and into Sunday, Gulf moisture will move back into the region and our chances for rain go up quite a bit. In fact, we could see several inches of rain over the next week as a couple of moderate tropical disturbances pass well to the south of us. In 2011 when we were in the midst of the horrible drought, these were the kinds of tropical weather events we were missing. Looks like we can expect at least a couple just this week.
How much rain they generate is still a question, but it seems nearly certain we'll see a little of the wet stuff as the weekend comes to a close and into next week.
Enjoy your holiday and stay safe.