Saharan dust blowing in but there’s still a chance for rain

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:11AM

Saharan dust moving in, but small chance of rain for Wednesday

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Saharan dust is here, and on Wednesday you will likely notice the sky is a hazy gray. Those of you sensitive to the dust may notice your allergies and asthma flaring up.

A small rain chance is still present despite the arriving dust, but it’s only around 20%. Temperatures will start out in the mid 70s and warm into the upper 90s during the afternoon. Any storm that pops up could generate briefly heavy rain, lightning, and wind gusts over 30 mph.

How long will the Saharan dust stick around?

The thickest part of the dust cloud will impact us through Friday, then it will thin out on Saturday.

What is the forecast for the weekend?

With less dust in the sky, temperatures will likely climb a degree or two hotter in the afternoons, pushing temperatures back near 100. There’s a less than 20% chance someone could get a sea breeze shower or storm, but don’t count on any rain for your lawn.

What else are you monitoring in the tropics right now?

In addition to the Saharan dust, we’re monitoring two low pressure centers in the Atlantic basin with low chances for development over the next 7 days. For a full overview of what’s happening in the tropics, head to our Tropical Update page.


Southeast Texas


Harris County

Galveston County

Montgomery/Walker/San Jacinto/Polk/Grimes Counties

Fort Bend/Wharton/Colorado Counties

Brazoria/Matagorda Counties

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