Wednesday forecast for Austin: After weeks of warm, spring-like days, punctuated Tuesday by a bout of heavy rain and wildly gusty winds, Austin weather is finally settling into its normal pattern for winter: crisp days with temperatures peaking in the 60s and nighttime lows 20 to 25 degrees cooler.
But that’s really only for Wednesday and the rest of the work week. Then winter is suspended again, and we’re back to balmy highs in the upper 70s this weekend.
So let’s talk about Wednesday: The forecast calls for sunshine and a high near 64. Blustery winds continue to blow out of the northwest at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph, the National Weather Service says. At night, skies will remain clear, but without the humidity we saw in the past few days, the air will get a lot chillier as temperatures dip to 39 or closer to freezing. The Hill Country and western parts of the Austin metro area could see a light freeze, so protect your plants and bring your animals inside at night.
Thursday looks even nicer, with sunny skies and a high close to 70. With similar conditions as Wednesday, Thursday’s nighttime low with drop to the upper 30s in the metro area and possibly colder in the Hill Country.
Friday’s weather will feel like a clone of the previous two days with sunshine and a high temperature near 66. Clouds start to gather under mostly clear skies at night, with an evening low around 43. Winds will shift, becoming southerly breezes that bring warmer air, the weather service says.
Saturday opens with sunny skies and warm southerly winds will push temperatures to a high near 74, forecasters say. But at night, increasing cloud cover and the accompanying humidity will likely keep low temperatures to around 54.
The clouds linger on Sunday, but the day should see high temperatures near 76. South winds of 10 to 15 mph kick up, with gusts as high as 20 mph, the weather service says. With mostly cloudy skies at night, Sunday’s evening low will be around 57, forecasters say.
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