Houston goes from stormy Monday to sunny Tuesday

Fortunately, calmer weather returns on Tuesday with abundant sunshine expected. Despite Monday’s cold front, don’t hold your breath in anticipation of cooler weather.

Who, reading Tuesday’s forecast, was treated to heavy rain and violent thunderstorms?

Most of you probably raised your hands or nodded your head in agreement. Monday’s storms wreaked havoc and brought a fairly widespread band of 1 to 3 inches of rain to Houston, according to the Harris County flood warning system.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for the return of the sun, so go ahead and put away the umbrella for now. The cold front that sparked strong storms Monday won’t precipitate a cooler day, however. In fact, Monday’s clouds kept temperatures in the 80s in Houston. Tuesday’s high temperature could peak at 90 degrees for the first time this year at Houston’s official climate site, Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Wednesday was another equally warm afternoon, with continued sunshine giving Southeast Texas a break before more storms arrived.

We are far from finished with the risk of thunderstorms this week. After a brief but mild break in storms, stormier conditions are expected on Thursday.

An area of ​​low pressure is expected to enter West Texas on Thursday. This would place Houston in the warm sector, south of a warm front and east of a cold front. Abundant heat and humidity will set the stage for storms to be severe Thursday, especially in the afternoon and evening. To date, specific details regarding the timing and impacts of severe weather events are scarce. Stay tuned for future forecasts and plan your week accordingly.

Another round of strong storms is possible Friday as another system moves through the region.

Between Thursday and Friday, several heavy rains could cause localized flooding. The potential is highest near and north of Interstate 10, where soil moisture is still very high due to precipitation in recent weeks.

High pressure will descend on Southeast Texas by the weekend and this will have two effects on our forecast: drying us out and warming us up.

An isolated shower or thunderstorm may persist on Saturday, but this risk appears isolated. On Sunday, the chances of rain stop and the sun returns. As the ridge approaches next week, temperatures are expected to soar. If early forecasts are to be believed, highs early next week could reach the 90s. Bush Airport has yet to record its first 90-degree day this year.