Storms passing through Austin metro area, heading southwest

Morning rain obscures the Austin skyline along the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Photo by Ralph Barrera
Morning rain obscures the Austin skyline along the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Photo by Ralph Barrera

10:30 a.m. update: A series of storm cells were passing through the Austin metro area on Monday, traveling southwest through eastern Travis County and into northern Hays County.

In the past hour alone, the storms dropped nearly 0.7 inch of rain in Webberville near the Travis-Bastrop county line and about 0.32 inch of rain at Dry Creek near Elroy, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Almost a quarter-inch of rain has fallen near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Earlier: Chances of thunderstorms will persist all day Monday with their likelihood growing to 50 percent Monday night.

The National Weather Service has forecast a possibility of rain and storms everyday through Friday. For Monday, the high is expected to be around 90 and the low around 73.

Throughout the day, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico could turn into storms or downpours especially as temperatures rise, the weather service said. Winds could gust up to 30 mph.

The Austin area did see some rains on Sunday as scattered showers moved through the area Sunday evening.

The highest recorded total, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority, was seen south of Dripping Springs, where 0.76 inches of rain fell. Near Pflugerville, 0.34 inches of rain fell.

Through Friday, highs should remain in the low 90s and temperatures should bottom out each night in the mid-70s.

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Here’s what to do at a low water crossing in Austin

Looking for flooded low water crossings in your area? The interactive map at ATXfloods is the place to check for current flood conditions and emergency road closures in the Austin area.

(Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman staff)
(Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman staff)

During severe weather, the safest thing to do is avoid the roads. But if you must drive, the city of Austin offers these safety tips:

“About 75% of flood-related deaths in Texas occur in vehicles. At night, during heavy storms, it may be difficult to see that a road is flooded. Survivors have told us that they did not even see water on the road until their vehicle stalled in it.”

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Realizing that not all flooded roads will be barricaded, take the following precautions:

  • Avoid low water crossings.
  • Actively look for water over the road.
  • Turn around if a road is barricaded or if water is over the road. Keep in mind that the road may be heavily damaged underneath the flood water.

There’s high danger at low water crossings. Find out what to do if you get trapped in your vehicle in flood waters.

Heat indices expected to hit 106 degrees again on Thursday

By Mark D. Wilson

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Austin and surrounding areas as forecasters call for triple-digit temperatures to continue through much of next week.

Heat indices in the Austin area on Thursday are expected to reach as high as 106 degrees in the afternoon.

The outlook said some areas could see indices peak as high as 109 degrees mainly along and to the east of Interstate 35, and that elevated fire weather conditions are possible in parts of the Edwards Plateau and the Rio Grande Plains.

The expected daytime high at Camp Mabry is expected to hit around 100 degrees for at least the next five days, according to the weather service.

Temperatures are likely to push even higher on Saturday and Sunday, which could hit 101 degrees.

Highs in the Austin area hit around 99 degrees every day this week so far.

Heat indices at Camp Mabry, however, hit 102 degrees on Monday, 105 degrees on Tuesday and 106 on Wednesday.

Similar conditions are expected to continue in the area until at least Tuesday, when a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms will return to the region.

Here’s a look at the forecast for the rest of the week:

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

 

Heat indices expected to hit 106 degrees again on Thursday

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National Weather Service

Thursday forecast for Austin: The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Austin and surrounding areas as forecasters call for triple-digit temperatures to continue through much of next week.

Heat indices in the Austin area on Thursday are expected to reach as high as 106 degrees in the afternoon.

The outlook said some areas could see indices peak as high as 109 degrees mainly along and to the east of Interstate 35, and that elevated fire weather conditions are possible in parts of the Edwards Plateau and the Rio Grande Plains.

The expected daytime high at Camp Mabry is expected to hit around 100 degrees for at least the next five days, according to the weather service.

Temperatures are likely to push even higher on Saturday and Sunday, which could hit 101 degrees.

Highs in the Austin area hit around 99 degrees every day this week so far.

Heat indices at Camp Mabry, however, hit 102 degrees on Monday, 105 degrees on Tuesday and 106 on Wednesday.

Similar conditions are expected to continue in the area until at least Tuesday, when a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms will return to the region.

Here’s a look at the forecast for the rest of the week:

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  • Friday: Highs around 100 degrees with heat indices reaching around 107.
  • Saturday: Highs again around 101 degrees with heat indices around 106.
  • Sunday: High of 101 degrees with heat indices around 106.