If you have been wondering if it was hotter than normal lately, it was, but like much of last year, it didn't come in the form of high temperatures. Sure, it's been in the 70s the last few days, but what is really odd is the extremely warm low temperatures. Monday, the official minimum temperature was 70 degrees. That's the kind of overnight low we get in the summer. The official high was 72. Yes, a two-degree swing from low to high.
It's also been pretty windy, and that will continue through today with an approaching cool front. We've had a shower or two around the area, and that will continue today with a better chance of thunderstorms later today and into tonight as the front approaches. Then, we get back to normal winter weather...for Houston.
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Expect highs in the 60s to low 70s throughout the remainder of the week and low temperatures back to where they should be in the 40s and 50s (perhaps even in the 30s Wednesday night into Thursday). The best part is that it will be under sunny skies through Sunday meaning nearly perfect weather for the next 5-7 days.
And, in case you were wondering, the long range forecasts thus far do not call for any serious cold weather coming our way anytime soon. We may have seen our last freezing temperatures of the year, but it is too soon to tell as February can get downright chilly. But, Houston has had a remarkably mild winter by our standards compared to some of our northern neighbors.
Last week, when it was 75 here in Houston, I was speaking with a colleague who lives in South Dakota. He reported the high that day was 12. Needless to say, I won the daily "whose weather is better" challenge.