A touch of spring has been in the air this week as temperatures climbed into the 70s. The spring-like temperatures will continue through the weekend as our region remains under the influence of a moderate wind off the Gulf of Mexico. This southerly Gulf flow is causing low-level moisture levels to increase across Central and South Texas. As a result, this afternoon’s weather will feature a mostly cloudy sky with only limited peeks of sunshine. It will also feel more humid than the past few days. A strengthening pressure gradient this afternoon is expected to cause breezy south winds at 10-15 mph, with occasional gusts to 25 mph. The temperature is forecast to warm to the mid and upper 70s.
It will be mostly cloudy, breezy, and mild Friday night. Low temperatures Saturday morning will include the upper 50s across the Hill Country and the low 60s at most other locations.
This weekend will feature more warm and humid weather, but a chance for a few showers will enter the forecast.
For Saturday, expect widespread clouds through the morning, with the sky becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Forecasts call for a slight chance (20 percent chance) for a few scattered rain showers to develop over areas along and east of Interstate 35 Saturday afternoon. Here, an enhanced area of moisture is forecast to spread north from the Gulf. Rain amounts, if any, should only total around a tenth of an inch. Afternoon temperatures are forecast to reach near 78-80 degrees. Expect a south wind at 10-15 mph, with gusts to 30 mph.
Mostly cloudy and mild conditions will be in place Saturday night. Lows Sunday morning will range from the upper 50s west, the mid-60s near the coast.
For Sunday, expect widespread clouds in the morning, followed by a partly cloudy sky in the afternoon. Another slight chance for rain showers is predicted for the area mainly along and east of Interstate 35 Sunday morning as considerable moisture spreads north from the Gulf. Totals should average less than a tenth of an inch. Sunday’s temperature is forecast to warm close to 80 degrees at most locations. Breezy south winds look to continue.
A trough of low pressure moving out of the Southwestern U.S. is forecast to drag a cold front across the state Sunday night into Monday morning. The front is precited to spread across the Hill Country late Sunday night, reaching the Austin area around sunrise Monday, pushing off the coast midday Monday. Atmospheric conditions appear favorable for a thin line of rain showers and thunderstorms to develop just ahead of and along the cold front as it tracks to the southeast. Severe storms are not anticipated and rain amounts should total less than a quarter inch. The probability for rain will be near 50-60 percent. Lows Monday morning will feature the low 50s across the Hill Country, the mid-50s across Central Texas, and the upper 60s near the coast.
Sunny, breezy and slightly cooler air is forecast for Monday following passage of the cold front. High temperatures will range from the low 60s across the Hill Country to near 70 degrees across the coastal region. Expected breezy north winds at 10-20 mph Monday through Monday evening.
- Low temperatures Tuesday morning will include the low and mid-30s across the Hill Country, the upper 30s across Central Texas and the low to mid-40s towards the coast.
A mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky is forecast Tuesday. It will be cooler, with high temperatures generally in the upper 50s.
Forecasts call for the development of a few light rain showers across the region late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as weak trough of low pressure tracks northeast across West Texas out of northern Mexico. With limited moisture in place, rain amounts should only total around a tenth of an inch. The probability for rain will be near 30-40 percent. Expect a partly cloudy to mostly sunny sky to develop Wednesday afternoon as the trough exits to the northeast.
- Low temperatures Wednesday morning are forecast to range from the mid-30s across the Hill Country to the mid-40s near the coast.
- High temperatures Wednesday will be in the mid-60s
Sunny and mild weather is forecast for next Thursday. Expect high temperatures in the mid-70s.
Big changes in the temperature are forecast to take place late next week when an arctic cold front sinks south through our region. The cold front is forecast to spread across the area late Thursday night into Friday morning. Much colder air is forecast behind the cold front Friday into Saturday. In fact, the latest data calls for temperatures to fall below freezing across much of the region next Saturday morning.
- High temperatures Friday are forecast to be around 60 degrees.
- Lows Saturday morning are precited to be in the mid and upper 20s across the Hill Country, be near 30 degrees across Central Texas, and be near 32-35 degrees across the coastal plains
- High temperatures Saturday are forecast to be in the mid and upper 50s.
- Lows next Sunday morning are mid and upper 30s.
No rain is expected with the cold front. Dry and sunny weather is forecast next weekend.
Looking out into the week of March 14th, forecasts are calling for generally dry and mild weather, with high temperatures in the 70s.
Time Change Taking Place Next Weekend
For planning purposes, do note the move to Daylight Saving Time will take place next Sunday morning, March 13th. At that time, we will “spring forward”, setting our clocks ahead one hour. This will add more daylight to the evenings, while morning will be darker for a few weeks time.
Have a god weekend.