Our recent cold wave brought long-awaited relief from our extended summer heat. The 70° low Thursday morning in Galveston was the coolest temperature on the Island since June 17, while low temperatures across mainland areas of the County ranged from the low to mid-60’s.

Unfortunately, the push of cooler air was shallow and is being quickly shunted off to the north and east as southeasterly and southerly winds return to the area. This will lead to a return of more summer-like conditions by tomorrow and early Friday.

Still, the strongest push of colder air this autumn will reach the County by early to late afternoon on Friday, leading to strong northerly winds and the coolest temperatures of the fall. The front will bring low temperatures in the upper-50’s to the low-60’s over the northern most sections of the County and in the 60’s even at the coast by Saturday morning.

WPC DAY 3 SFC PROG
Minimum Temperature Forecast

Even better (for some) the front may bring some needed showers and thunderstorms to areas of the County that have missed out on the past couple of bouts of precipitation. Even so, there is a caveat. The rainfall does not promise to be especially heavy in our area.

Day 1-3 Quantitative Precipitation Forecast

Day 1-3 Quantitative Precipitation Forecast

Looking further ahead, warmer temperatures will return again fairly quickly as the thrust of the cold air will be more off to the east than the south. As it stands, the Climate Prediction Center is calling for warmer than normal conditions overall for the next couple of weeks. On the plus side, they do seem to be promising somewhat more generalized (and generous) rainfall as we move into and through mid-October.

6-10 Day Temperature Probability Outlook
6-10 Day Precipitation Probability Outlook
8-14 Day Temperature Probability Outlook
8-14 Day Precipitation Probability Outlook

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

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(5) comments

Jonathan Frank

should be a challenging few days for the Harvest Moon Regatta!! Thanks for including the charts!

Stan Blazyk Staff
Stan Blazyk

Gale force winds Friday night with strong northerly winds continuing over the Gulf on Saturday. Will be less than ideal sailing conditions, unfortunately.

Carlos Ponce

"Gale force winds Friday night" During the football games? I hope not.

Stan Blazyk Staff
Stan Blazyk

Take the wind if you get a choice pre-kickoff!

Bailey Jones

I'll take it!

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