No respite from rain all week; prepare for severe weather late Tuesday

National Weather Service

National Weather Service

Monday forecast for Austin: A few scattered showers continue to produce a light but steady rain in the eastern parts of the Austin metro area Monday morning. But Doppler radar imagery shows most of the heavy rains moving to the east and the more intense storms occurring to the south and east of Austin.

The most recent rains overnight in Central Texas have bolstered weekend rainfall totals from the past 48 hours, with some rainfall counts reaching as high 3.6 inches since Saturday morning. According to the Lower Colorado River Authority, in the past 48 hours as of 5 a.m.:

  • 3.66 inches of rain has fallen at Big Sandy Creek near Elgin in northern Bastrop County
  • 3.57 inches has been measured at Barton Creek at Texas 71 near Oak Hill
  • 2.66 inches has been reported at Lake Austin
  • 2.36 inches a few miles south of Lakeway
  • 2.05 inches just south of Driftwood in Hays County
  • 1.94 inches near Florence in northern Williamson County

Meanwhile, the outlook for Monday calls for a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7 a.m., the National Weather Service says. Temperatures could reach a high near 83 and muggy as clouds continue to keep skies gray throughout the day and into the evening. The increased humidity and cloud cover will help maintain warmth at night, as temperatures should cool off to no lower than around 71 degrees.

Here’s a quick summary of the week ahead, according to the weather service:

  • Tuesday’s forecast includes a threat of severe weather with a 50 to 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. The thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall, with up to 1 to 2 inches in some locations, as well as deliver large hail and damaging winds. The arrival of a cold front with the storms later in the day will result in south-southeast winds becoming northeast after midnight.
  • By Wednesday, rain chances should diminish to 20 percent under mostly cloudy skies and much cooler temperatures only reaching near 79. Wednesday night, which includes a 50 percent chance of rain, could see a return of more thunderstorms.
  • Storms are all but certain on Thursday, when the forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of precipitation. Temperatures remain mild as the high may only reach near 76. At night, the outlook includes a 50 percent chance of storms and a low around 66.
  • Friday’s forecast calls for only a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms under partly sunny skies and a high near 83. At night, the weather service expects partly cloudy skies with a low around 66.

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