Depending on their costume choice, visitors to last year’s Dickens either enjoyed or sweltered in daily record high temperatures, as the mercury soared to 78 degrees on Saturday and 79 degrees on Sunday.

Festival attendees this year may face very different conditions with the weather more like that typically experienced in Victorian-era London. A weather pattern similar to the one that brought our last spell of cold, wet, weather, appears likely as we move into the later part of this coming week.

The culprits, again, will be a mass of cold, Arctic air spilling south into Texas while an upper-level trough builds to the west of us, sending warm moist air from the Pacific aloft over the cold air at the surface.

We all know what that means: cold, cloud, windy, wet weather. There are some differences among the models with the exact timing of the arrival of cold air in southeast Texas and exactly how wet conditions will be. Still, they are fairly much in agreement with the overall picture and have been quite consistent to date.

In any case, based on early reports, I’d say that you might dress pretty much as they did in December in Victorian England!

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Days 4-7 precipitation outlook

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.

(3) comments

Ellen Morrison

Ugh, I've been watching the forecast shift ever earlier this past week or so. Dickens during nice weather is much better for tourism and events personnel both!

Lars Faltskog

Well, the possibilities in December in Galveston are: 1. foggy, stagnant, humid, and damp, 2. bone chilling, dry and windy, or 3. bone chilling, wet, rainy, and windy.

That's why the tourists can have all their fun and spend all their $. Go for it, and dress accordingly. Many of the rest of us are sitting by our fireplaces, having hot coffee and soup.

Stan Blazyk
Stan Blazyk

Well, for what it should be more "authentic", if you are trying to create a London Christmas atmosphere. Just dress warm.

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