Thursday forecast for Austin: Strong southerly winds carrying moisture from the Gulf will shape weather conditions on Friday, starting with patchy fog that could spoil travel for morning commuters across the Austin metro area.
The fog is expected to burn off after 9 a.m., but the National Weather Service outlook for Friday calls for mostly cloudy skies before turning sunny later in the day. With temperatures expected to reach 79 and winds kicking up to 15 to 20 mph — as well as gusts of up to 25 — it typically translates into wildfire danger, but higher humidity levels from the Gulf moisture carried by the south winds could douse that threat.
Clouds increase Friday night and the humidity keeps the evening low to only around 60 — that’s only 4 degrees cooler than the normal high for this time of year.
The weekend outlook calls for mostly cloudy skies but temperatures will peak in the mid- to upper 70s, the weather service says. Saturday could see a high near 77 and a nighttime low at a balmy 61.
The first chance of rain — about 20 percent — appears on Sunday, the weather service says. The high is expected to reach 74. Sunday night, rain chances increase to 50 percent with possible thunderstorms, forecasters say. The warm south-southeast winds around 5 mph becoming much cooler west-northwest breezes after midnight.
The work week begins with a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. North winds of 5 to 10 mph will cool things off, ending the streak of 70-plus-degree days as temperatures will be capped at 69, the weather service says.
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