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Cool, dry weekend weather for Houston; Strong storms to follow

HOUSTON – After three considerably wet weekends in a row, Houston will enjoy dry weather this Saturday and Sunday.

Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies through the weekend with morning low temperatures in the low 50s and afternoon highs in the upper 60s to 70 degrees.

The weather pattern will change dramatically for the first half of the work week, as a very large storm system intensifies over the south central United States. Rain chances will increase to 50 percent on Monday as deep moisture surges into the region from the Gulf of Mexico. Numerous showers with isolated embedded storms will develop, especially in the afternoon.  While not impossible, severe weather is not likely in the Houston area on Monday.

On Tuesday, a strong cold front will approach Houston.  Ahead of the front, a line of thunderstorms will develop and move slowly eastward.  Tuesday's storms will be strong to severe, producing heavy rain, possible flash flooding and wind gusts to 60 miles per hour.  Isolated tornadoes will be possible in southeast Texas, but the larger tornado threat will be to the north.  Rainfall totals between 2 and 4 inches are possible, with isolated higher amounts.  Overall rainfall amounts will depend on how quickly the heavy downpours move through the area.

Rain may linger into early Wednesday, but conditions will improve considerably once the cold front clears to the east of Houston.

The second half of the week will be sunny, cool and dry before our next chance for rain returns on Sunday.