Spring will be in the air this week as the jet stream pattern is changing, allowing unseasonably warm air to spread north into Texas. With this new jet configuration, no unusually cold air is expected for at least the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile with the storm track has shifted further to the north, the chance for significant rain occurring anytime soon will be quite low.
For this Afternoon through Tuesday
Dry and quiet weather will be in place both days as our region is sandwiched between a trough of low pressure located off the coast of Baja, California and a ridge of high pressure situated over the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Expect a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky and warm temperatures this afternoon, with high temperatures in the low 80s. Low clouds are forecast to increase late Monday night, with the sky becoming overcast by sunrise Tuesday. Lows Tuesday morning will range from the mid-50s across the Hill Country, to the mid-60s near the coast. On Tuesday, clouds in the morning will give way to a mostly sunny sky in the afternoon. It will be warm, with highs in the low to mid-80s.
Breezy conditions are forecast Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Expect south and southwesterly breezes at 10-15 mph, with occasional gusts to 25 mph.
Tuesday Night through Wednesday Night
There will be a slight chance for rain showers and a couple of isolated thunderstorms across the Hill Country and the northern half of Central Texas between midnight Tuesday night and noon Wednesday as the trough of low pressure currently located off the coast of Baja tracks northeast across West and Northwest Texas. The trough will pass well to our northwest and is expected to have very limited impacts on our region. Meanwhile, the trough will help push a Pacific cold front across the area Wednesday morning. A few light showers may develop along the front, but no significant rain is forecast. For areas that do happen to see rain, totals are predicted to average less than a tenth of an inch.
Clouds Wednesday morning will give way to sunny conditions in the afternoon as drier air spreads in from the west. Breezy to windy conditions are forecast Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night. Expect southwesterly breezes at 20-25 mph, with gusts to near 40 mph. Wind speeds should decrease to 10-20 mph with gusts 30 mph Wednesday night. Wednesday will be quite warm, with highs in the low and mid-80s. Lows Thursday morning will include the low 50s across the Hill Country, the mid and upper 50s across Central Texas, and the low 60s across the coastal plains.
Thursday and Friday
Dry and just slightly cooler weather is forecast. Expect a mostly sunny sky Thursday and a partly to mostly cloudy sky on Friday. A weak Canadian cold front is predicted to push south across the area Thursday morning, then pull up stationary just north of the coast Thursday afternoon and Thursday night. High temperatures Thursday are forecast to be in the mid and upper 70s. Lows Friday morning will range from the low 50s across the Hill Country, to the upper 50s across Central Texas, to the mid and upper 60s near the coast.
The weak cold front is predicted to move back north as a warm front Friday afternoon. High temperatures Friday will include the upper 60s across the Hill Country, the low 70s across Central Texas, and be around 80-82 degrees across the coastal plains. Lows Saturday morning will be in the mid-50s across the Hill Country and in the mid-60s at most other locations.
The Upcoming Weekend
A partly to mostly cloudy sky is forecast Saturday through Sunday as a moist, southerly flow strengthens off the Gulf of Mexico. A couple of rain sprinkles will be possible both mornings, but no significant rain is expected. Temperatures will be continue warm, with highs both days around 80-82 degrees and lows in the low and mid-60s.
There will be a slight chance for rain showers and a couple of isolated thunderstorms Monday into Monday night as a Pacific trough of low pressure tracks from the Desert Southwest to the southern Plains states, dragging a Pacific cold front across the state. Current forecasts suggest the best chance for rain from this system will occur across North Texas, with somewhat lower chances for rain across Central and Southeast Texas. As of now, rain amounts are forecast to only total around a tenth of an inch, or less. High temperatures Monday are forecast to be around 78-80 degrees.
Next Tuesday through Thursday
Generally sunny, dry, and warm weather will continue as a weak ridge of high pressure spreads over Texas. Expect daily high temperatures to be around 78-80 degrees, with low temperatures in the mid and upper 50s.
Forecasts call for another slight chance for rain to develop next Friday when a Pacific cold front moves across the area. Rain amounts are predicted to be quite low. No change in the temperature pattern is predicted.
Have a good week.