Monday starts, ends with record warmth

HOUSTON – Houston has had a much warmer than normal Monday.

The city started with morning lows where sites at Bush/IAH and College Station never dropped below 73 degrees and tied records set just last  year! Galveston also tied a record by not dropping below 70 degrees.

It was a sign of things to come as temps warmed quickly as clouds gave way to enough sun to warm Bush/IAH to 81 degrees by noon which set a new record, breaking the record of 80 set in 2015.

A record fell in Galveston as well as the old record of 76 set last year was surpassed by noon as the temperature on the island hit 77.

We expect warmer than normal temperatures to stick around until the Wednesday/Thursday time period when  a front will push through to cool things down to seasonal norms of low 40s and low 60s for lows and highs.

It’s a bit of a roller coaster of temperatures toward week’s end as we warm up heading to New Year’s Eve but we also expect 50% rain chances as we usher in 2017 before clearing Tuesday into Wednesday.

Long range models right now indicate we’ll see freezing temperatures again Thursday January 5th with perhaps some wintry precipitation.

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