Slip on shorts, sunglasses for summer-like Thursday; storms likely early next week

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: Are we just skipping spring and fast-forwarding to summer already? The National Weather Service expects temperatures to reach 84, or about 15 degrees above normal for the third day in March, or about 5 degrees short of the daily heat record. Meanwhile, the best chance for rain in Austin first emerges in the forecast on Sunday.

As of 5 a.m., it’s already 67 degrees in Austin — one degree shy of the normal high — and it’s only going to get warmer. Cloudiness will linger through mid-morning, the weather service says, before sunshine emerges with shifting winds of 5 to 15 mph producing gusts of up to 25 mph. At night, the skies will clear, but the drop in humidity will plunge the overnight low to around 48.

On Friday, temperatures will stay in the 70s, but clouds will increase again at night as south-southeast winds in the afternoon will pull in moisture from the Gulf. A cloudy Friday night is expected to see an evening low around 55, the weather service says.

The weekend will start off with a partly sunny Saturday and a high temperature near 76. The southerly winds bring in more much clouds. That increased cloudiness typically traps radiant heat at night and will keep the nighttime balmy with a low around 60, forecasters say.

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

The outlook for Sunday calls for a 20 percent chance of storms, with a high near 74, the weather service says. The chance of rain persists into the night and the heavy cloud cover will keep the nighttime warm as the low temperature only falls to around 63.

Rain chances increase to 40 percent on Monday, which is expected to see a high near 76. The high rain chances continue Monday night, with the increased humidity keeping the nighttime warm again (like the night before). The evening low is expected to drop to only around 65.

By Tuesday, the chances for storms rises to 50 percent, the weather service says. Central Texas could see isolated areas of heavy rainfall over three days ending on Wednesday.

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