A reinforcing push of cool, dry air brought 35-mph gusts to Galveston yesterday morning and ensured that the cool weather that roared into the County over the weekend will continue. Sunny skies and low humidity levels are likely to persist for most of this week, with only a modest warm-up likely by Thursday and Friday, ahead of another push of chilly air.

With more outdoor events in the picture for this coming weekend, there is some hope that the weather will not be quite as dramatic as last weekend.

First, we had rain on Friday night, followed by an 88° degree high in League City and an 87° high in Galveston on Saturday, bringing a summer-like heat to outdoor festivities. Then, a windy thunderstorm rolled in on Sunday morning, bringing havoc to artists displaying their wares along Postoffice Street in Galveston. Winds clocked at 43-mph and gusts to 52-mph along with heavy rain, scattered tents and art works, prematurely ending Artoberfest for many participants.

Looking ahead to this next weekend, the coldest air of the season is likely to roll into Galveston County on Friday and early Saturday. Due to limited moisture, rain along and behind the front may not be as significant as it was last week, but it could still put a damper on Octoberfest activities on Friday evening into early Saturday. Wind, again may be a factor, with brisk to strong northerly winds likely both Friday and Saturday as high pressure builds in behind the front. In addition, we are likely to see the lowest temperatures so far this fall, with temperatures over the weekend dipping into the low-50’s near the coast and the mid or upper-40’s over inland areas.

One good aspect of this next cold front will be the fact that it will almost certainly keep the tropical disturbance developing in the western Caribbean well away from the Texas coast!

Stan Blazyk is a life-long weather enthusiast, long-time Galveston resident and author of "A Century of Galveston Weather." He has written the weather blog for the Galveston County Daily News for more than a decade.

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