Balmy winter continues, but weekend cold front will bring temps to 50s again

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: Warmer-than-normal temperatures are expected to continue Thursday but increasing cloudiness could bring isolated to scattered showers for areas east of I-35, the National Weather Service says.

Forecasters are calling for a 20 percent chance of showers after 7 a.m. and a high temperature near 64, but the cloudiness is likely to decrease midday into Thursday afternoon. At night, the low temperature is also predicted to stay above normal, around 47.

Friday could be the most gorgeous day the Austin metro area will see so far this week: the outlook calls for a high near 67 under sunny skies. Winds will shift from the south and start blowing in from the north-northeast — an early indicator of a cold front about to arrive.  Friday night’s low should be around 42, the weather service says.

Rain chances appear in the forecast again on Saturday, as the cold front takes daily high temperatures down to 59. Forecasters are calling for a 20 percent chance of rain between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with gusts as high as 20 mph. At night, north winds continue to gust up to 20 mph, which will make the nighttime low of 36 that much chillier.

By Sunday, temperatures are back in the 50s, which, sadly, is closer to normal this time of year. The outlook is still sunny, though, but with a high near 58. Sunday’s nighttime low is expected to be around 39, slightly below normal.