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Published on June 15, 2024
Houston Gears Up for a Steamy Week with Sunshine and Storm Threats, Flood Risk Looms AheadSource: Google Street View

Houstonians, brace yourselves for a sultry mix of sunshine and storm potential heading into a steamy upcoming week. According to the National Weather Service, the forecast today predicts a high near 92 with calming winds shifting southeast in the afternoon. As the day turns to night, the sky will mostly clear with temperatures dipping around 77 degrees.

The chances for showers and possibly a thunderstorm are on the Sunday slate, starting slightly but climbing to a 70% likelihood by Monday afternoon. Monday's showers may bring not just thunderstorms but also widespread, haze after the wee hours of 1 am. "Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1 pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%", as stated in an official forecast.

The Storm Prediction Center complicates the narrative for Texas with the possibility of severe thunderstorms over parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley later on Sunday. They note, "Scattered strong to severe storms are expected Sunday evening and overnight from parts of the northern Plains into the upper Mississippi Valley, with hail the primary risk." The Center outlines that a surface high-pressure ridge extending toward the Gulf Coast could initiate isolated cells capable of producing hail through parts of Minnesota into Wisconsin during the day.

As the workweek commences, Houston could face periods of heavy rainfall, particularly on Tuesday and Wednesday, boosting concerns for potential flooding. The National Weather Service Houston cautions that periods of heavy rainfall are possible, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday. Residents are urged to stay updated as the flood risk could escalate with the unfolding weather conditions.

With Juneteenth closing in, the skies over Houston might not bring the celebratory blue but rather a cloudy cover with a strong chance of continued showers and thunderstorms.