Survive overnight storms? Thursday to be milder with sunshine in full force Friday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: Before we get into what’s ahead in Central Texas weather, can we talk about last night?

A cold front arrived in the Austin metro area sometime around 1 a.m. Thursday as part of a larger wall of storms that stretched from San Antonio to Minnesota. The line of severe storms that marched across Central Texas delivered high winds, hail and a significant dose of rain.

  • Recorded wind gusts ranged from 30 mph at Camp Mabry to 46 mph in San Marcos to about 67 mph at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
  • Austin Energy reported around 2:30 a.m. that as many as 2,200 customers were without power. According to the utility’s outage map, more than 900 people were without power as of 5:30 a.m.
  • Meanwhile, firefighters responded to at least two homes in Southwest Austin that caught fire after lightning strikes.
  • According to rain gauges monitored by the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Austin metro area saw rainfall totals as high as 1.63 inches near Rockne in Bastrop County and at least a half-inch across most of Travis and Hays counties since midnight.

In the meantime, the National Weather Service expects a few isolated showers to continue until around 7 a.m.

As for the rest of Thursday, the outlook calls for partly sunny skies that will gradually have more sunshine later in the day as the daily high temperature tops out around 70. North-northwest winds around 15 mph will persist into the night, sweeping away the blanket of humidity that kept recent evenings warm. The nighttime low temperature is expected to drop to a chilly 44 degrees.


Sunshine returns in full force by Friday as temperatures climb to near 73. The dry air and clear skies mean another chilly night as the evening a low sinks to around 49.

South winds return this weekend, boosting the daily high temperature to near 78 with sunny skies. The return of Gulf moisture means increased cloudiness at night, but also a warmer evening low temperature
of 60 degrees.

Sunday’s outlook calls for partly sunny skies, a high near 75 but with another shift in winds, as breezes return from the north. The winds pushing out the warm southern air means the nighttime low is expected to plunge to around 47.


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