Steamy, sticky weather Tuesday, Wednesday; storms looming Thursday, Friday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Welcome to another steamy morning in the Austin metro area, beginning with warm temperatures in the lower to mid-70s. The National Weather Service says Tuesday’s outlook could include a chance of sprinkles before noon and a possibility of isolated storms in the afternoon as the high temperature climbs into the upper 80s.

South southeast winds of 5 to 15 mph should continue to bring Gulf moisture into the region, which means increased cloudiness and rising levels of heat-trapping humidity at night. Rain chances should also remain around 20 percent, forecasters say. With daily temperatures becoming no cooler than 75 degrees, expect another sticky night in Austin.

Clouds will linger for the rest of the work week, with heavy rain expected Thursday and Friday, according to the weather service:

  •  Wednesday’s forecast includes a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m. under mostly cloudy skies and a high near 90. Humidity combined with the warmth could cause heat index values to rise, making it feel more like 99 degrees outside. At night, rain chances persist at 20 percent as evening temperatures stay above 73.
  • Thursday’s outlook calls for a 60 percent chance of rain with storms likely after 8 a.m., the weather service says. South-southeast winds of 5 to 15 mph could include gusts as high as 20 mph. Thunderstorms will remain likely at night, but mainly before 8 p.m.
  • On Friday, showers and thunderstorms also are likely, mainly between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., forecasters say. Rain chances will run as high as 60 percent under mostly cloudy skies with temperatures staying above 71 degrees at night and south-southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

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