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Houston weekend forecast: Much-needed rain and cooler temps Sunday

Saturday will be mostly dry but our thirsty lawns and gardens will get a good watering on Sunday, courtesy of Mother Nature.

HOUSTON — We stay hot and dry most of the day Saturday.

We begin to see a shift in our overall pattern from hot and dry to seasonable and wet. Emphasis on the wet, we need the rain! The most recent release of the drought report shows severe and extreme drought conditions expanding over Texas. Rain arriving this weekend will help.

The weekend overall will be split. Saturday looks hot, humid, and breezy. Sunday looks more mild temperature wise but much more exciting--radar wise--we're tracking rain! It will remain hot and humid as well.

Here's a closer look at our Saturday. Highs will jump up to the 90s again and the heat is coupled with a humid breeze. Wind is steady at 15 mph with occasional gusts getting to 25 mph.

After today we welcome in the rain chances! They start overnight and linger into tomorrow. The front that moves in overnight looks to stall, which will bring a few inches of rain all in all as we make our way through the workweek. Rain chances are high overnight tonight, they taper for Sunday afternoon and remain on the lower end through Monday then once again ramp up Tuesday and Wednesday. They tapper after Thursday morning.

This will be beneficial rain across the state where drought conditions have been worsening week after week.

Locally, rainfall totals spread out over those several days may amount to very beneficial totals for many areas, on the order of 2 to 3 inches.

By Thursday our long range models show a general return to drier conditions and warming temperatures.

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