Austin forecast for Monday: On the second day of spring, Mother Nature reminded us of what we largely missed this winter.
A few minutes after midnight this morning, the National Weather Service issued a bulletin advising Central Texas residents about frost and freezing temperatures overnight. The cold, wintry air would be turning residual moisture from recent rains into frost on vegetation, so the weather service was encouraging residents in the Hill Country and other parts of Central Texas to protect sensitive outdoor plants and bring animals inside overnight.
As of 5 a.m. the temperature at Austin’s weather station at Camp Mabry was 39 degrees, but the good news is, it’s only going to get warmer. Monday’s outlook calls for sunshine with a high near 69, which is 30 degrees warmer than it is now, the weather service says. Clear skies continue at night, with a low temperature dropping to around 47.
Tuesday temperatures will rise to a more spring-like 77 degrees as south breezes of 10 to 15 mph kick up to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Warm Gulf air delivered by the south winds will keep nighttime low temperatures a comfortable 62 degrees but windy, forecasters say.
On Wednesday, clouds increase a little but the high temperature will climb to near 82, with south-southwest winds of 15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph. At night, a 40 percent chance of rain enters the forecast as the skies become mostly cloudy. The arrival of the cold front will be noticeable by the shift in winds from the warm southerly breezes to the 20 mph gusts coming from the north.
Temperatures return to the upper 60s on Thursday.
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