Pleasant springtime weather is in place across the region in the wake of Thursday morning’s cold front. This afternoon’s weather will be sunny and warm, with the temperature climbing to around 80-83 degrees. Expect a southeasterly breeze at 10-15 mph. Moisture will begin returning off the Gulf of Mexico Friday night, leading to widespread low clouds after midnight. Some patchy drizzle will not be out of the question around daybreak Saturday. Lows Saturday morning will range from the mid-50s across the Hill Country, to near 60 degrees across Central Texas to the mid-60s near the coast.
The current pleasant weather pattern will be changing as we move through the weekend when a trough of low pressure over the Desert Southwest and a cold front move across the area. Both systems are expected to bring scattered rain showers and even a few isolated thunderstorms to the area Saturday night through Sunday. On Saturday, widespread clouds in the morning will give way to a partly cloudy sky in the afternoon. A few widely scattered, brief rain showers will not be out of the question for the Central Texas and coastal regions, but the chance for rain will only be 20 percent. The temperature is expected to warm to the low 80s.
Scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast to develop Saturday night when a cold front pushes southeast out of Northwest Texas. The front is predicted to reach the middle Texas coast just after sunrise on Sunday. The highest probability for rain is expected to be along and just behind the cold front. Limited availability instability should keep the threat for severe thunderstorms low. Lows Sunday morning will include the low 50s across the Hill Country, the mid-50s across Central Texas and the mid-60s towards the coast.
Forecasts call periods of overrunning rain showers across the region Sunday into Sunday evening as the upper trough slowly pushes east across North Texas. The probability for rain will be near 30/40 percent. Expect a partly to mostly cloudy. Sunday’s temperature will be a little cooler, with readings topping out around 68-72 degrees.
Rain amounts from Saturday night through Sunday evening are forecast to average around a quarter inch across the Hill Country and between a quarter and a half inch at most other locations.
Sunny and pleasant weather looks to return for next Monday and Tuesday as a bubble of Canadian high pressure settles over the state. High temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-70s Monday, warming to the low and mid-80s on Tuesday. Lows Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be in the low and mid-50s.
A few rain showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast to develop Wednesday into Wednesday evening when a Canadian cold front presses south through the area. The front is forecast to reach the northern Hill Country Wednesday morning and pushing off the middle Texas coast by Wednesday evening. The probability for rain will be near 30-40 percent Wednesday into Wednesday evening. Dry weather is expected to develop by late Wednesday evening. Rain amounts are forecast to remain below a quarter inch.
Noticeably cooler temperatures will follow the cold front next Wednesday through Friday. Sunny weather will return for Thursday and Friday.
- High temperatures Wednesday will be in the upper 60s to low 70s.
- Lows Thursday and Friday mornings will be near 40 degrees across the Hill Country, in the low and mid-40s Central Texas and the mid to upper 40s near the coast.
- High temperatures Thursday and Friday will be in the upper 60s.
The outlook for Easter Weekend calls for a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky and dry weather on both days. High temperatures look to be in the low 70s Saturday and into the mid and upper 70s on Sunday. Lows temperatures will be in the 50s to low 60s.
Long-range forecasts call for generally dry weather during the week of April 5th. High temperatures are forecast to be in the low 80s, with lows in the 60s.
The March Full Moon
The March full Moon will occur Sunday afternoon, March 28, 2021, at 1:48 PM CDT. The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Saturday morning through Monday night into early Tuesday morning. This year, because it is the first full Moon to occur after the spring equinox on March 20, March’s full Moon is the Paschal Full Moon. This means that its date determines the date of Easter (April 4, 2021).
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, March’s full Moon goes by the name Worm Moon, which was originally thought to refer to the earthworms that appear as the soil warms in spring. This invites robins and other birds to feed—a true sign of spring! An alternative explanation for this name comes from Captain Jonathan Carver, an 18th-century explorer, who wrote that this Moon name refers to a different sort of “worm”—beetle larvae—which begin to emerge from the thawing bark of trees and other winter hideouts at this time.
Have a good weekend!