Cooler, cloudier, wetter weekend ahead

Rain showers could accompany cooler temperatures as early as Saturday

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HOUSTON - The bright sunshine and near-record temperatures we've been experiencing are going to vanish by the weekend as our next cold front nears.

Thursday's high temperature was 87 degrees in Houston.  That's only two degrees off the record set in 2010. 

Friday should be a repeat performance, with temperatures once again topping out within a couple degrees of an 89-degree record for Nov.2.  After that, though, changes are on the way.  Temperatures will transition to the 70s by next week, with rain possible just in time for the weekend.

The culprit is our next cold front.  Calling it a cold front is a little aggressive as it won't pack the same punch as the last one, which dropped our morning low temperatures into the lower 40s.  This one will take us back to numbers that are closer to normal for this time of year: Afternoon 70s and morning 50s.  The front will come through gradually, so temperatures won't plummet.  We'll see a gradual cool-down through the weekend.  Saturday's high will be near 83.  On Sunday, we'll struggle to make 80.  By Monday, afternoon highs will solidly be in the 70s.

The cold front will bring some rain, too.  As the air over southeast Texas gets more humid into the weekend, the front will likely wring that moisture out in the form of scattered showers from Saturday afternoon through Sunday.  Because the front doesn't pack much of a punch, rain chances will only be 20 to 30 percent.  So don't worry that this weekend will be a washout.  We may pick up a quarter- to a half-inch of rain, but that's about it.

After a slow clearing on Monday, Tuesday looks to be a beautiful, crisp fall day with plenty of sunshine and highs in the mid 70s.  Of course, Tuesday is Election Day, so there's no excuse not to get out to your designated polling location and make your voice heard!

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