Clouds, light rain give way to sunshine Monday; storms expected Tuesday night

Monday forecast for Austin: Springtime in Austin is in full effect this week, as clouds, rain and sunshine trade places throughout the week. But the highest chances for storms this week will be Tuesday night and Wednesday, the National Weather Service says.

Rain chances of 30 percent linger in Central Texas Monday morning, mainly before 7 a.m., the weather service says. Commuters in the Austin metro area should be aware of slick roads and highways as light rain is possible. The cloudy skies will give way to sunshine by the afternoon as temperatures peak near 86. A cold front arrives in Austin after midnight and will be noticeable as winds shift from the south to become northerly breezes.

Tuesday’s outlook calls for a 20 percent chance of rain after 1 p.m. under partly sunny skies as temperatures reach near 76. Showers and thunderstorms are likely at night as rain chances ramp up to 60 percent, the weather service says.

Rain chances stay high on Wednesday with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1 p.m., forecasters say. Cooler temperatures prevail under cloudy skies and temperatures top out only near 71. At night, temperatures drop to around 55 under mostly cloudy skies.

By Thursday, skies become mostly sunny, with a high near 79, the weather service says. The nighttime low slips to around 59.