Oktoberfest in Galveston this year could have a more authentically fall-like feel.
Temperatures in Galveston County this weekend were expected to be much cooler after a line of storms pushed through Friday, forecasters at the National Weather Service in League City said.
Forecasters were expecting temperatures in the low- to mid-40s on the island and in the lower 40s on the mainland near Alvin on Friday night, said Melissa Huffman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
“Sunday morning, you’re looking at similar temperatures as well,” she said. “The temperatures this weekend will be a lot colder than what we saw this week.”
The last time it was that cold in Galveston County was Jan. 29, when temperatures reached 45 degrees, said Katie Magee, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The lower temperatures include daytime highs in the 60s today and mid-60s on Sunday, Huffman said.
While the cooler weather comes during a warm year, the lows won’t set records, Magee said. The record low temperature for Oct. 27 is 43 degrees set in 1913 and for Oct. 28 is 47 degrees set in 1957.
The cooler weather arrives in time for several popular weekend events, including the Island Oktoberfest.
The German-themed event is celebrating its 36th year in the streets around Galveston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St. The event opened Friday night and continues today. It will include live entertainment, authentic German food and libations, fine arts, crafts and gifts, an auction and children’s activities.
The weekend’s cooler weather isn’t expected to last.
“This weekend is kind of a tease, with the below normal temperatures,” Huffman said. “It looks like next week will rebound to be near, or slightly above normal. It’s a temperature roller coaster we are about to get on.”
The cool weather comes to Galveston on the same day The Associated Press released a new analysis of winter-weather trends. The average first freeze in the United States over the last 10 years, from 2007 to 2016, is a week later than the average from 1971 to 1980.
Scientists are also finding that the last freeze of each year is coming sooner.