Weather Week: Heat Returns as the Skies Clear

Things will heat up again early in the week, but skies will clear out for the first time in a while.
Things will heat up again early in the week, but skies will clear out for the first time in a while. Photo by Geoffrey Lyon
One of the benefits of nearly two weeks of cloudy skies and rain is cooler temperatures. Even without a fall cool front, it has felt at least a bit more like autumn around here for a while. That will change, at least for this week, as we see sunny skies returning along with warmer temperatures.

Monday and Tuesday will feel more like summer with temperatures in the lower to mid 90s. Sun will be plentiful, but humidity will remain in place. By Wednesday, a few clouds will begin to return along with a better chance of afternoon showers. As we get closer to the weekend, rain chances will continue to increase, ramping up to nearly 80 percent by Friday.

As the clouds and chances for showers return later in the week, temperatures will lower back into the upper 80s, but it will still be very warm and humid.

So, when are we getting a cold front? Forecast models are starting to come into slightly better agreement on increasing chances for a cool front in about 10 days, so we'll need to deal with summer at least a little while longer.

Watching the Tropics

After one of the busiest weeks you'll see in the Atlantic, things have died down quickly. Now tropical depression Florence continues to batter the Carolinas with rainfall, but it should be moving out of the region soon, allowing folks there time to clean up and dry out.

Closer to home, the remnants of what was Hurricane Isaac are struggling in the Caribbean as it moves west. None of the reliable computer models predict Isaac will regenerate and the National Hurricane Center only gives it a 20 percent chance. So, it is unlikely to threaten us here in Texas.

Right now, it appears the tropics will remain quiet for a little while and it seems plausible our first cool front will sweep in before any threats have a chance to develop near us. Hurricane season isn't over, but we are getting closer to that here in Texas.
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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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