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Published on June 21, 2024
Houston Braces for Intermittent Showers, Heat Surge as Midwest Preps for Severe StormsSource: Google Street View

Houstonians waking up to a steamy forecast today shouldn't be too quick to stash away their umbrellas. According to the National Weather Service, there's a lingering chance of showers and thunderstorms peaking at a 20 percent probability come 8 a.m. The rest of the day will largely remain under the aegis of the sun, with temperatures soaring close to the 90-degree mark, and reviving a gentle east wind blowing at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight's skies over Houston promise to stay mostly clear, with a low around 77 marking a warm, subtropical night. Natural air conditioning comes courtesy of a southeast wind that's expected to lull after midnight. As the weekend stretches ahead, forecasts suggest a sunny Saturday with temperatures nudging slightly higher to 92 degrees during the day before dipping back to 75 overnight.

Approaching Sunday, and stretching into the early workweek, Houston will see a repeated pattern. Thermometers will be pushed to their 93-degree comfort zone with the sun reigning high—however, clouds will play a game of hide and seek as chances of showers and thunderstorms bubble up to 30 percent after 1 p.m. and persisting intermittently through to at least Wednesday, says the National Weather Service. Tuesday could see these chances climbing to a 40 percent likelihood, so it may be prudent to keep that umbrella on standby.

For those considering a coastal escape, heed the warning of hazardous beach conditions detailed by the National Weather Service Houston on X. A high risk of rip currents alongside minor coastal flooding calls for increased vigilance and perhaps a reconsideration of weekend plans.

While Houston contends with these on-and-off showers, our northern neighbors in Missouri and parts of the upper Midwest are bracing for a more severe weather pattern. The Storm Prediction Center cautions of a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms rolling in on Saturday. This brew of bad weather could materialize as damaging wind, isolated hail, and possibly even a tornado or two, particularly across northern Missouri and central to southern Wisconsin.