What winter? More sunshine, warmth on Wednesday; storms possible Sunday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Wednesday forecast for Austin: We didn’t break the heat record on Tuesday, but we sure came close to matching it. Temperatures soared as high as 82, just two degrees shy of the daily record of 84 set in 1982, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday won’t see the same near-record heat — but that’s only because the heat record for the day is 92 degrees set in 1959. Instead, Austin should see high temperatures about 10 degrees above normal, peaking around 75 degrees. The northeast winds 5 to 10 mph should become south-southeast breezes in the afternoon, the weather service says. At night, the skies should see increased cloudiness while temperatures bottom out around 52.

The clouds linger on Thursday morning before giving way to sunshine later in the day. Forecasters say temperatures should hit 79, with south winds of 5 to 15 mph. Clouds gather again at night but the increased humidity should keep the overnight low to a balmy 58 degrees.

Friday’s outlook calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 82 — not quite a record but more than 15 degrees above normal. At night, forecasters expect partly cloudy skies and a low around 59.

Clouds linger Saturday but temperatures remain well above normal, as the weather service calls for a high near 78. Skies stay mostly cloudy at night as the evening low slips to 59 degrees.

Now here’s where things get interesting: A slight chance of showers is in the forecast for Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday’s outlook calls for a 20 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms later in the day. By Sunday night, rain chances increase to 40 percent. Temperatures are still expected to peak above normal in the upper 70s.

Cooler air moves into Central Texas by Monday, which means not only does a 40 percent chance of rain persist, but the forecast calls for temperatures to fall to normal levels with a high near 68.

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