High temperatures below 100 for first time in months – Houston Public Media

A cyclist crests a hill at sunset, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023, in Texas, as temperatures continue to reach the triple-digit mark.

Houstonians are enjoying some relief from the heat this week, as forecast temperatures predict an end to the 100-degree streak this year.

The city has already recorded 45 days of temperatures topping 100 degrees this year alone, which is one day shy of setting the record set in 2011, said Eric Berger, a meteorologist with Space City Weather.

Texans were greeted Monday morning with blue skies and temperatures in the mid-70s, and despite some extreme temperatures this summer, weather experts expect those cold numbers to remain for a while as the summer heat comes to an end.

For the first time in months, Houston can expect a full week of high temperatures that won’t exceed 100 degrees.

“We’re past the peak of summer,” Berger said. “We’re definitely done with those 105-degree days. We may be done with those 100-degree days.”

The drop in temperatures last weekend can be attributed to a drier air mass. With a potential front under discussion later this week, high temperatures could reach the upper 80s. The weather on Monday remained warm and dry, while forecasts for Tuesday include an increase in humidity.

High air humidity could bring a good chance of rain midweek, with daily precipitation chances this week reaching around 40 percent, according to Space City Weather.

The lower temperatures provide some relief just weeks after the National Weather Service declared Houston’s hottest day on record, with the temperature reaching 109 degrees at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

This temperature has only been recorded twice other times in Houston’s history, once in 2000 and once in 2011, with records dating back to 1889.

Berger said that although this week’s forecast is a little warmer than what we would normally expect in September, there is no doubt that it beats the heat of July and August.

This summer, the National Weather Service issued heat advisories or extreme heat warnings for 27 consecutive days. Since June 13, the bureau has issued 31 excessive heat warnings and 61 heat advisories, and “hairy” temperatures have steadily reached 112 degrees.

Blue skies and sunny days are expected next week, with temperatures in the upper 80s at the start of the week, and warmth returning to the low to mid-90s later in the week, according to Space City Weather.

“Any rainfall we can get will be beneficial,” Berger said.

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