The past few days, Houston has had a dose of something we don't often see in the summer: low humidity. If it has felt moderately pleasant the last couple nights and your air conditioner seemed to be colder than normal, that is the influence of dry air allowing evenings to cool down to temperatures a little below normal and keeping it from feeling like a steam room.
But those more sauna-like conditions also gave us a record high temp of 107 degrees on Saturday, the highest ever recorded in the month of June in Houston. The influence of that high pressure system will continue for a few more days, keeping it hot and dry, but slightly milder at night.
I hate it when people tell me that it is SO much better in other locales because the heat is dry rather than humid like it is in Houston. It can make for cooler evenings, but it can also send temperatures soaring as it did Saturday. It was still well into the 90s after 9 p.m. Saturday night. So much for pleasant. Never mind the fact that this boy's sinuses, weened on 90 percent humidity, have been begging for mercy for days.
For people like me who actually don't mind the sticky humidity of the Gulf Coast, it will be back soon enough. By the weekend, the southern flow should be back, dew points will rise and our chances for rain increase. By Sunday, forecasts are calling for a 50 percent chance, in fact.
The best news is that we may have seen the hottest weather of the year last weekend. Sure, it may hit 100 again, but Houston rarely gets much above triple digits and even 100 degrees is a relative rarity thanks to the breeze off the Gulf. Still, we have a good solid 90 days of summer ahead of us and you're out of luck if you prefer the dry variety, because that is even more rare than a 100-degree day.
A Look at the Tropics
With high pressure dominating not just over Texas but also across the Atlantic, the tropics are very quiet at the moment. That doesn't look like it will change over the next couple weeks, but the heart of hurricane season will begin in just about six weeks, so we still have quite a ways to go.
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