Rain, cold front arriving Thursday; sunshine returns Friday and Saturday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: As of 5:20 a.m., Doppler radar shows a large system of storms stretching from Abilene to Dallas moving quickly eastward across North Texas. The storms may approach the northern edge of the Austin metro area in the next few hours, mostly affecting Williamson County at first.

The National Weather Service says lightning will be the main hazard as the system moves across the state. Rainfall amounts will average less than half an inch, forecasters say.

Meanwhile, the rest of Thursday should be mostly cloudy with temperatures rising to near 80 degrees. A cold front that arrives in the Austin metro area today should also bring a shift in winds from the south to becoming northeast breezes in the afternoon, the weather service says. At night, winds will calm and rain chances drop to around 20 percent as the evening low temperature slips to around 63.

Sunshine is expected to return in full force on Friday with mostly sunny skies and temperatures peaking near 83. The north-northeast winds will push much of the Gulf humidity away, sending the nighttime low temperature to a cooler 58 degrees.

The weekend will start off mostly sunny on Saturday, forecasters say, as temperatures climb to near 81. But clouds will gather Saturday night and rain chances will grow to 20 percent.

By Sunday, showers and thunderstorms become likely again as rain chances ramp up to 60 percent. At night, rain chances drop to 20 percent, but the mugginess will keep evening temperatures no lower that 67 degrees, forecasters say.

Monday’s outlook calls for mostly sunny skies and a high near 85; clouds will increase at night but temperatures will bottom out only around 69.

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