Cold, frosty start to mild, sunny Thursday; ditch sweaters for shorts this weekend

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: Now this is what winter in the metro area is supposed to be — cold, frosty mornings that turn into brisk days with light winds and daily temperatures mostly in the 50s before peaking no higher than the mid-60s by the late afternoon. But this return to normal winter temperatures won’t last beyond the work week.

Thursday’s outlook calls for a high near 67 with west-southwest winds of 5 to 10 mph that will become north-northeast breezes in the afternoon, the National Weather Service says. At night, clear skies and dry air translate into evening low temperatures around 39.

Friday’s forecast is nearly identical to Thursday, with a high near 65 and shifting winds — this time north-northeast breezes become south-southeast winds in the afternoon, the weather service says. Another night of clear skies is expected but the low is closer to 44.

Spring-like warmth returns this weekend as temperatures rise to near 72 on Saturday and as high as 76 on Sunday, according to the weather service. Increasing cloudiness, starting on Saturday night, will trap radiant heat and keep nighttime lows balmy in the mid- to upper 50s.

By Monday, rain chances also return to the forecast as light sprinkles are expected from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the weather service says. The above-normal warmth continues with temperatures peaking near 75.

We could see major rainfall in Austin once again this year as Tuesday’s outlook calls for a 40 to 50 percent chance of storms under mostly cloudy skies. Strong rain chances continue Wednesday.


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