The Heat Is On: Temps Will Feel Like Summer Has Arrived This Week

Welcome to summer, Houston! While the actual beginning to summer is next month, Memorial Day is the unofficial signal that the hot weather is coming and every place you like to go for coffee will be packed with kids out of school. For Houstonians, it also marks the time of year when we begin to migrate indoors. Unlike our neighbors to the north who find the cool evening breezes pleasant this time of year, we turn into mole people, having lunch in the downtown tunnel and doing everything possible to get from one air-conditioned environment to another as quickly as possible.

And while June can be a tough month, our summer doesn't peak until late August. The weeks between August 15 and September 15 are the type that can make grown men weep and grown women fly into a murderous rage. That also marks the peak of hurricane season -- more on that tomorrow in our hurricane season preview. Needless to say, it's just a freaking joy to be here.

While it doesn't appear that we will get peak-of-the-season temperatures this week, we should be in the 90s for the coming days even with a cool front -- yes, I said it -- supposedly passing this way on Thursday that won't have an impact on high temperatures but could cool low temps into the 60s, but I wouldn't count on it.

In fact, this year has been one of the hottest we've seen thanks to record low temperatures. While it may not hurt quite as much as record highs, it still brings up the overall average quite a bit.

The good news is that the culprit is not the same conditions that created the worst drought in recorded history last year. In fact, most of the state is now out of the severe range and our immediate area is not in drought conditions. Right now, we just have some good old-fashioned high pressure cooking our goose, but that should lessen and we'll return to the familiar steamy conditions we are used to around here.

With a predicted El Niño occurrence this summer, it may even be rainier than usual. We can dream.

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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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