Expect wet and cool weather to come

HARLINGEN — With January off to a rainy and cold start, the rest of the month and February are forecast to be more of the same.

In an interesting turn of weather events, Christmas turned out to be warm with temperatures in the 80s. Very unChristmas like.

But Mother Nature is unpredictable and the weather changes on a whim.

It did just that going into the New Year.

As January is under way, a split flow, very common to strong El Niños in mid-winter, has a better than average chance of setting up. That will help keep overall temperatures down due to cloud cover and rainfall, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville.

Plain and simple, January and February are likely to be wetter and cooler.

Those months will have similar weather patterns, with temperatures dipping below normal, meteorologist Erin Billings said.

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