Sunshine to last a few more days; storms likely next week ahead of SXSW

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Friday forecast for Austin: Enjoy the sunshine and above-normal warmth while you can on Friday and Saturday because clouds will start gathering by Sunday and we should see significant rainfall and possibly severe storms early next week, according to the National Weather Service.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Dry air and low humidity Friday morning is giving Austin a chillier start than what we’ve seen in the past couple of days: as of 5 a.m., it is 51 degrees, much cooler than the 67 we saw yesterday. But the day should warm up quite nicely to a high around 79, the weather service said. North winds will shift to south-southeast breezes and the nighttime low will drop to around 51.

The weekend outlook calls for mostly sunny skies on Saturday with a high near 78, but clouds start to gather Saturday night. Sunday’s forecast includes a 20 percent chance of storms after 1 p.m. Clouds and the 20 percent chance of rain will linger Sunday night, but the increased humidity will keep the nighttime low around 63.

The prospect of storms really kicks in early next week, starting on Monday, when the slight chance of showers in the morning increases to 40 percent after 7 a.m. South winds of 15 mph could include gusts as high as 20 mph, the weather service says. At night, rain chances will ramp up to 60 percent as the high winds persist, forecasters say.

Tuesday could see temperatures around 80, but storms continue to be likely, the weather service says. The outlook calls for a 60 percent of rain in the daytime, before increasing to 70 percent Tuesday night, forecasters say.

Rain remains in the forecast for Wednesday, but it is still unclear how much rain the Austin metro area could see over the three days starting Monday. Could the rains overlap into the start of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival? Are we finally seeing the Godzilla El Nino rising from its winter slumber? Stay tuned to this weather blog and check out the National Weather Service website for updates.

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