HOUSTON -

Thanks to abundant sunshine and strong south winds Tuesday, temperatures will top out near 78 degrees.  That's well above Monday's 63 degrees and above our normal high for this date, which is 74 degrees.

It will also be Houston's warmest day in over two weeks, a welcome shift from our recent wet and chilly weather, and an appropriate preview of the warmth we can expect this Spring, which officially begins at 11:57 a.m. Thursday.

Because of the gusty wind, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for areas west of Interstate 45.  The wind advisory will go into effect at 1pm Tuesday and remain through 7pm.  Wind gusts could exceed 30 miles per hour in this area, which could pose challenges for drivers. 

The wind will relax this evening and temperatures will steadily, slowly drop into the 60s by 8 or 9 o'clock.  Tonight should be comfortable for anyone with evening plans outdoors.

The rest of this week, expect increasing cloudiness with afternoon temperatures holding holding seasonably in the mid 70s.  Our next chance for rain will come as the weekend approaches, with Sunday bringing our highest chance for rain in the next seven days.

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