A 91-degree high in Galveston on Monday set a new warm temperature record for so late in October as well as for so late in the season. Meanwhile, a 93-degree high in League City on Sunday did the same for that location. October 2017 is on track to become the warmest October since observations began in 1871, possibly surpassing October 2006 and last October as the first or second warmest ever.
Galveston’s monthly average so far this month is 84.1 degrees (or 6.8 degrees above normal), while League City is running 7.4 degrees above what would be expected through Oct. 9.
A cool front expected to push off the coast today should bring noticeable relief, with cooler temperatures, brisk northerly breezes and low humidity. Even then, temperatures will only drop to what would be expected this time of year. Moreover, the cool front will be short-lived with temperatures creeping back up to summer-like levels by this weekend.
Looking down the road, the intermediate forecasts continue to call for much warmer than normal temperatures for our area through Oct. 23, even with the passage of a couple of more fairly anemic cold fronts.
If there is any good news in this, it is that most of the intermediate forecast models tend to keep tropical activity out of the western Gulf of Mexico. My advice is to enjoy our prolonged summer. Real autumn will get here eventually.