Rain chances linger until Thursday; sunshine expected Friday, Saturday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: The National Weather Service canceled the flash flood watch for the Austin metro area that the service had issued earlier this week. The watch was supposed to end Tuesday at 10 a.m. but is now only in effect for Fayette County, which has gotten some of the heaviest rainfall in the state over the past three days.

Fog is blanketing much of Travis, Hays and Bastrop counties, making morning commutes much more challenging. The rest of Tuesday will likely be muggy with a high temperature near 77 and a 60 percent chance of rain. The increased cloudiness and humidity will keep nighttime temperatures warm with a low temperature of 68 degrees.

Rain chances of up to 50 percent continue on Wednesday as temperatures climb to near 80. At night, the chances for rain decrease slightly with a low temperature around 66.

On Thursday, the outlook calls for a 40 percent chance of rain with a high near 80. Rain chances drop to 20 percent at night as the low temperature dips to around 60.

Sunshine is expected to return on Friday and Saturday with temperatures rising to around 79 on both days. By Sunday, rain chances reappear in the forecast but only around 20 to 30 percent.


 

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Dense fog during Thursday morning commute; series of stormy days ahead

Thursday forecast for Austin: A dense fog advisory is in effect for the Austin metro area until 10 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service says. Visibility is less than a quarter-mile in most places, which will make the morning commute hazardous and difficult even at normal speeds, the weather service says, so drivers should take it slow. If you’re driving this morning, use your low-beam headlights and leave plenty of space in front of your vehicle.

Meanwhile, the rest of Thursday should be partly sunny as temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees once the fog burns away. At night, forecasters are calling for clear skies with temperatures bottoming out around 58 degrees.

Friday’s outlook includes mostly sunny skies and temperatures rising again to near 81. Clouds will increase at night, and the additional humidity will keep evening temperatures warm as the low settles around 65 degrees.

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

The stage will be set Saturday for a rainy weekend and a soggy start to the coming work week. Saturday’s forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain after 8 a.m. as the mostly cloudy day turns muggier with temperatures reaching 78 degrees. Rain chances ramp up to 50 percent at night, with the humidity and cloud cover causing temperatures to float around a balmy 67 degrees.

Storms producing heavy rainfall are likely mainly after 8 a.m. on Sunday as southeast winds of 15 mph will kick up to 20 mph. Rain chances are expected to linger at 70 percent Sunday night, resulting in persisting thunderstorms.

Another day of heavy rain is expected on Monday as rain chances remain at 70 percent. Forecasters expect storms to continue Monday night and into Tuesday morning as well.


 

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Fog, drizzle hampering morning commute; strong storms possible Wednesday afternoon

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Wednesday forecast for Austin: Patchy fog and drizzle throughout Central Texas, especially east of the Interstate 35 corridor, will plague morning commuters until about 10 a.m. But the main weather threat Wednesday will be a few strong thunderstorms that could pass through the Austin metro area this afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

Wednesday’s outlook calls for a 50 percent chance of rain under cloudy skies with temperatures peaking near 78 — it’s already 69 degrees at Camp Mabry as of 6 a.m. At night, rain chances drop to 30 percent after 1 a.m. Patchy fog and drizzle also returns after 1 a.m. to set up another challenging morning commute Thursday. Nighttime temperatures should slip no lower than 66 degrees, the weather service says.

Sunshine will return Thursday, forecasters say, as a cold front arrives in Central Texas, plunging high temperatures from the low 80s on Thursday to the upper 60s on Friday.


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Dense fog across parts of Austin metro area Tuesday morning; clouds, possible rain Wednesday

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Tuesday forecast for Austin: Beware of fog during your morning commute as much of the Austin metro area will be blanketed in thick mist that will reduce visibility to less than 2 miles in many areas — in some places the visibility may be down to a quarter-mile or less, the National Weather Service says.

Drivers should be on alert for the rapidly changing visibility on Central Texas roads, use low-beam headlights and slow down, the weather service says.

The outlook for Tuesday calls for a 20 percent chance of showers after 7 a.m. and for patchy fog to continue until 10 a.m. Temperatures are expected to reach near 76 under mostly cloudy skies. Rain chances creep up to 30 percent at night, but the increased humidity and cloud cover will trap the radiant heat from the day and keep the evening low temperature to around 66.

By Wednesday, rain chances bump up to 40 percent as temperatures reach their warmest point of the work week near 80 degrees. South winds of 10 to 15 mph will ease some of the mugginess. At night, a 30 percent chance of showers remains in the forecast but the south winds shift to become westerly breezes after midnight.

Thursday’s forecast includes sunshine and a high near 79 as north-northwest winds sweep away the clouds and the humidity. As a result, the evening should see mostly clear skies but the dry air means the nighttime low sinks to a chillier 52 degrees.

Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 a.m.; record heat possible ahead of cold front

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

8 a.m. update: A dense fog advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. for the Austin metro area, the National Weather Service said.

7:30 a.m. update: A red flag warning will be in effect Monday afternoon and on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day for western parts of the Edwards Plateau, according to the National Weather Service. A fire weather watch also will be in effect for most of the Hill Country from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Although gusty south winds of 15 to 30 mph are expected in the Hill Country Monday afternoon, the gusts will continue from the northwest, blowing at 15 to 30 mph on Tuesday in the wake of a cold front, the weather service says.

In the next 48 hours, relative humidity in the Hill Country will drop below 20 percent around 1 p.m. each afternoon, and bottom out between 15 and 20 percent by mid-afternoon, the weather service says. As a result, grasses can ignite easily and fire can spread quickly. Humidity and plant moisture are higher to the east, the weather service says, and winds will likely be a little lower.

Monday forecast for Austin: We could break another daily heat record on Monday, but enjoy it while it lasts: the unseasonal warmth will end once a cold front blows through the Austin area late Monday, the National Weather Service says.

Austin already broke a daily heat record on Sunday as temperatures hit 86 degrees at Camp Mabry in Central Austin. The weather service outlook for Monday calls for high temperatures to hit 81, only two degrees shy of the record high for Feb. 1 set in 1963. But you never know, the record might fall: Austin weather has a way of surprising us all the time.

In the meantime, patchy fog will plague morning commuters until around 9 a.m., the weather service said. But sunshine will emerge and dominate the forecast for the rest of the week.

But Monday also will see winds pick up as warm southeast winds shift and start coming from the south at 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

However, the high winds, dry air and near-record heat also mean potential wildfire danger in the western parts of the Hill Country on Monday and into Tuesday.

Patchy fog resumes at night under otherwise partly cloudy skies and a low temperature around 53. South-southeast winds of 5 to 15 mph become northwest gusts after midnight as the cold front blows through the area.

Once the cold front arrives in Austin sometime around midnight, the cold air will drag daily temperatures back to the upper 50s and near-freezing temperatures at night on Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a high near 56, but under sunny skies. At night, the low temperature will drop to around 34.
Sunshine continues Thursday, with high temperatures near 58. The nighttime low is expected to fall again to around 34.

Tuesday morning commuters face fog, but warm afternoon with temps near 70

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

A foggy start to Tuesday should give way to partly sunny skies on Tuesday with high temperatures near 70, the National Weather Service says.

Commuters driving through Hays, eastern Travis and Bastrop counties are seeing patchy fog Tuesday morning, and the fog may be thickening around the Interstate 35 corridor in Austin.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy in the morning, with temperatures in the 40s and 50, the weather service says.

Then, skies will turn partly sunny in the late morning and for the rest of the day, forecasters say. High temperatures will be around 68, and Austin should reach a low of 46 degrees this evening.

There is a 20 percent chance of showers between midnight and 3 a.m. as a weak cold front approaches the area, the service says.

Partly sunny skies are expected to continue Wednesday, the service says, but another 20 percent chance of rain, as well as thunderstorms, is in the forecast Wednesday night as a second but stronger cold front arrives in Central Texas.

The cold front will push daily high temperatures into the 50s starting Friday, when Austin is expected to see a high of 56 degrees and a low of 35 degrees.