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If you’re celebrating the cool weather, enjoy it while it lasts

Houston Chronicle meteorologist Justin Ballard says some heat is coming back late this week, and we might even get back into the 90s.

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Temperatures today started in the upper 40s for the first time since March 20. But don’t expect the cool weather to last long.

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There's a chill in the air, and it wasn't your imagination – Greater Houston temperatures dropped into the 40s early this morning. We knew it'd get colder, but somehow that seems impossible after the long, exhausting, extremely hot and oppressive summer we just survived.

But don't get used to it.

Houston Chronicle meteorologist Justin Ballard says some heat is coming back late this week, and we might even get back into the 90s.

“We’re flirting with it,” he said. “Friday especially I think temperatures could make a run at 90 degrees. Now, whether we warm to 90 or higher or we stay in the upper 80s, it’s going to be significantly warmer. So, if you’re a fan of fall…enjoy it while you can.”

Temperatures today started in the upper 40s for the first time since March 20, Ballard said. So, thankfully, the warm-up will be gradual, with highs today in the mid-70s. Then, on Wednesday and Thursday, look for highs in the low- to mid-80s. And things could hit the upper-80s to maybe even the lower-90s as soon as Friday.

But it won’t be as bad as that sounds because the warmer temperatures will be paired with drier air likely through the weekend, Ballard told Houston Matters host Craig Cohen on Tuesday’s show.

“Next week, though, that’s going to change,” he said. “I think we’ll get a little bit more mugginess, more rain, more thunderstorm chances, especially through mid-week.”

That’s good news since much of the region is still recovering from drought.

In the audio above, Ballard discusses the risks of tropical storm development this time of year as the Atlantic hurricane season nears its end. And, as the Astros and Rangers face off in the MLB Playoffs, he compares the weather for baseball in each city, which is the subject of an upcoming article he’s working on for the Chronicle.