Scattered storms Friday, widespread rains return next week

Scattered storms Friday, widespread rains return next week
Scattered downpours are possible Friday as the July cool front blows in, and rain chances will come back up in a big way after the weekend.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Now that the July "cool" front is sitting near the coast, rain chances are only 30% for the rest of today.

Temperatures today will warm into the upper 80s and low 90s, still warm, but milder for this time of year and nowhere near as hot as last year. As the temperatures get close to 90, a few scattered showers and thunderstorms will pop back up. Any rain that develops should be gone shortly after sunset in the 8 p.m. hour.

What's in store for the weekend?

While the highest moisture will sit offshore with the front, there will be enough moisture around for a chance of scattered downpours both days, especially near the coast. Saturday's rain chance is at 30% with Sunday's at 40%. Most coastal storms will hit early in the day, so if you have weekend plans at the beach, you'll likely be able to get in plenty of fun during the late morning and afternoon hours. Both days will start in the mid 70s and warm into the low 90s.

Does next week's weather still look stormy?

Absolutely. The tropical moisture and the weak front will push back inland Sunday night as an upper-level low drops down toward Texas. This upper-air storm will stall out for several days next week, generating multiple rounds of thunderstorms with the tropical moisture overhead.

Will these storms bring any severe weather or flooding?

Severe weather looks unlikely at this time, but street flooding is certainly on the table, especially Tuesday and Wednesday. Heavy rain in any storm could lead to localized street flooding for a brief time. Lightning could also briefly knock out the power in neighborhoods where it has been restored.

What are you tracking in the tropics?

Right now, we're tracking plumes of Saharan dust, so no tropical development is expected over the next seven days. We are seeing signs that the tropics could come back to life the first week of June. Head to our daily Tropical Update page for the latest on what's happening in the tropics.

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