Wildfire worries in the Hill Country as sunshine, above-normal warmth continues

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Sunshine, clear skies and above-normal warmth are expected for one more day this week but it comes with a caveat: areas along and west of Interstate 35 could be vulnerable to wildfires because of the dry air and gusty winds, the National Weather Service says.

In its latest weather bulletin, the weather service says a red flag warning is in effect from noon to 6 p.m. for the Edwards Plateau and the Hill Country. Fire weather conditions will improve by nightfall as winds diminish and humidity increases.

Otherwise, the outlook for Tuesday calls for sunshine with a high near 72 — nowhere near record territory but about 10 degrees higher than normal. Winds from the west-northwest of 5 to 15 mph should make for a breezy day. At night, clear skies continue with a low around 38.

By Wednesday, the effects of the cold front should be evident as the sunshine is tempered by below-normal high temperatures around 57. Chilly north winds around 10 mph could make it feel a little colder. The nighttime low will be near freezing around 34, the weather service says.

The forecast for Thursday calls for similar conditions as Wednesday: Sunny with a high in the upper 50s, clear at night with near-freezing lows around 33.

But the first chance for rain shows up in the outlook for Friday night, which forecasters say has a 30 percent chance of showers after 7 p.m.

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