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Austin breaks daily heat records for Jan. 12; warmth to continue this weekend


3:15 p.m. update: Austin set a new daily heat record for Jan. 12 when it hit 79 degrees at Camp Mabry at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The temperature breaks the previous record of 78 set in 2000, according to the National Weather Service.

The thermometer at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport also set a new heat record, reaching 81 degrees. The previous record of 80 degrees was also set in 2000.

The warming trend is expected to continue through the weekend, with daytime highs expected to stay in the 70s through Tuesday at Mabry and the airport, forecasters say.

12:55 p.m. update: The temperature at Austin’s main urban weather station at Camp Mabry has reached 77 degrees, bringing it one degree shy of matching the record for Jan. 12 set in 2000.

Austin has been experiencing a streak of spring-like weather for the past few days, ever since it emerged from its first freeze of 2017 last weekend. Temperatures reached a low of 19 on Saturday before climbing more than 60 degrees to a 2017 high of 80 degrees on Wednesday, only five degrees short of the record heat for that date.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s for the next few days but a cold front may erode temperatures slightly as it ushers in showers that could produce at least an inch of rain through Tuesday.

Thursday forecast for Austin: Chances for scattered showers in the Austin area are expected to begin on Thursday as temperatures again climb to highs near 80 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service, forecasters are calling for a 20 percent chance for showers on Thursday, increasing to around 30 percent overnight and into Friday and Saturday.

Weather service meteorologist Jared Allen said forecasters are not expecting much rain on Thursday and Friday, but chances will increase Saturday, which will likely see an uptick in isolated showers.

On Sunday, chances of showers and thunderstorms will spike at around 60 to 70 percent as a cold front moves through the region and pushes temperatures down by about 10 degrees.

Temperatures at Camp Mabry have reached above 70 degrees from Monday through Wednesday, and the temperature had already hit 68 degrees by 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Early next week, forecasters are calling for daytime highs in the 60s.

Here’s a look at the forecast through the weekend:

  • Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 78 degrees and a 30 percent chance for showers.
  • Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 62 degrees and a 30 percent chance for showers.
  • Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 76 degrees and a 30 percent chance for showers.
  • Saturday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 63 degrees and a 30 percent chance for showers.
  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 74 degrees and a 60 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms.
  • Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 56 degrees and a 70 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms.


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