HOUSTON -

This week marks a couple of milestones in Houston weather that are subtle, but worth noting for all of you who are more than ready to get the fall season rolling full-force. 

First, our normal high temperature, which has been slowly dropping from its seasonal high of 95 back in early August, drops this week into the upper 80s. While that may not seem like a big deal, psychologically it does make a difference.  After a long, sultry summer, just knowing that we SHOULD top out in the 80s instead of the 90s on a typical afternoon is nice to know. 

Second, autumn officially begins on Saturday at 9:49 a.m. central daylight time.  That is certainly a major milestone for everyone who is ready to pull out their sweaters and jackets!

Right on time, Mother Nature is bringing us two tastes of fall this week as we greet the official season. The first comes in the form of a cold front that drops into Houston on Tuesday and brings noticeably cooler mornings by mid-week. The second is another cold front that holds off until the weekend. The second cold front is important because it makes its way into the area before we have a chance to get any significant return flow from the Gulf of Mexico that brings back the sticky, steamy, summer air. It signals that cooler weather is beginning to have a stronger hold on Houston.

Mind you, while fall tightens its grip on us we still have the chance to see some pretty hot days ahead. Our record high temperatures this time of year are still in the upper 90s to near 100 degrees, so don't pack away your tank tops just yet! Of course, if you've lived in Houston for ANY length of time, you probably already know this, don't you?  

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