Gorgeous Tuesday with sunshine, high near 77; chance of rain Wednesday night

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Hang on to your hats, folks — it’s going to be a gorgeous spring day, but it’s also going to be very windy, which is why you should be more conscientious of your headgear.

Tuesday’s outlook from the National Weather Service calls for mostly sunny skies with a high temperature near 77. But the south winds of 5 to 10 mph that are making the days warmer in Central Texas are expected to increase in speed to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon, with gusts as high as 30 mph, the weather service says. At night, the additional cloud cover and boost in humidity will keep the nighttime low temperature to a balmy 63 degrees.

Cloudy skies early Wednesday should give way to sunshine later in the day, with the high temperature reaching near 82, forecasters say. Gusty southerly breezes persist around 15 mph with some wind speeds as high as 20 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms enters the forecast at night, under mostly cloudy skies and a low temperature around 53.

A cold front is expected to arrive late Wednesday night, most noticeably in the shifting of southerly winds of 10 to 15 mph to become north northwest after midnight.

Thursday will see a drop in temperatures, as the high will only reach near 68, but the day will also be dominated by sunshine and clear skies. The cold front will sweep away the humidity, leaving behind dry air that will make the nights particularly chilly again as the low temperature sinks to around 44.

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