Ozone alert issued Saturday for Austin metro area, but otherwise sunny, warm

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Saturday forecast for Austin: It’s going to a sunny, beautiful day in Austin but with not so clear skies: the state has issued an ozone alert for Saturday in the Austin metro area, which includes Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality says conditions in the atmosphere are favorable for producing high amounts of ground-level ozone, which is a smog ingredient generated by a mix of sunshine and pollutants, such as gas engine emissions. Those residents sensitive to air pollutants, including small children and anyone with breathing problems, should remain indoors or avoid exerting themselves outside.

The TCEQ recommends a few ways to mitigate the ozone pollution:

  • Sharing rides, either by carpool or public transportation
  • Riding a bicycle or walking instead of driving
  • Combining errands to avoid making multiple car trips
  • Avoid refueling gas engines until after 6 p.m. when there’s less sunshine

Meanwhile, the rest of the outlook for Saturday calls for a high temperature near 83 and calm winds, according to the National Weather Service. At night, forecasters say we should look for increasing cloudiness as temperatures drop to around 60 degrees.

On Sunday, rain chances return but only a 20 percent chance of storms. It will still be mostly cloudy with a high temperature near 81, the weather service says. At night, the rain chances continue, but the mugginess and increased humidity means the evening low will stay warm and no cooler than 66 degrees.

Sunshine is expected to return Monday as temperatures climb to a summer-like 85 degrees. But increasing clouds and humidity also will resume Monday night, setting the evening low temperature to a balmy 69 degrees.

By Tuesday, sunshine and something akin to summer heat will be on display as temperatures climb to near 86 degrees, forecasters say. Rain chances of up to 40 percent are expected to spoil the mood by nightfall, with evening storms likely to occur before 1 a.m.

Wednesday should also see a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service says.

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