Thunderstorms late Monday; high winds, gusts Tuesday; sunshine Wednesday

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Monday forecast for Austin: After a cloudy and humid weekend, Central Texas saw measurable rainfall overnight and should be waking up to wet lawns and damp roads. That most recent batch of rain is well to the east Monday morning, but another round of storms is expected later at night.

The National Weather Service outlook for Monday calls for a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before noon, under cloudy skies and a high temperature near normal, around 67. At night, the 90 percent chance for thunderstorms makes heavy rain a near certainty, as northeast winds of 5 to 10 mph become south-southeast after midnight.

Rain chances remain in the forecast Tuesday at 70 percent, with showers and thunderstorms likely before noon, the weather service says. But the morning clouds will give way to sunshine and a high near 70.

The bigger story Tuesday will be the strong, possibly damaging, winds, first blowing from the southeast at 10 to 20 mph before becoming northwest breezes of 20 to 30 mph later in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph, the weather service says. At night, the evening low drops to around 44 but winds continue to bluster from the north-northwest at 25 to 30 mph before diminishing somewhat to 15 to 20 mph. Wind gusts could reach 35 mph. The weather service recommends residents secure loose items in the yard and asks drivers to use caution because the gusts could make steering difficult.

By Wednesday, rain disappears from the forecast as the weather service calls for sunny skies and a high near 63. Blustery winds continue with north-northwest breezes at 10 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph. Evening skies will be clear, but the drop in humidity brings an extra chill in the air: the nighttime low plummets to around 38.


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