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Chilly start to Thursday; wet weekend begins with rain Friday


Thursday forecast for Austin: Forecasters expect Thursday to be the last dry day in Austin before a string of rainy days with thunderstorms spanning the entire weekend rolling into the area on Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, meteorologists are calling for chilly temperatures through the morning at Camp Mabry.

Overnight lows bottomed out around 39 degrees from around 3 a.m. through 5 a.m. near downtown, and pushed even lower at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Temperatures there dipped to 33 degrees just before 6 a.m., just one degree above freezing.

Despite the chilly temperatures Thursday morning, daytime highs are expected to reach around 67 degrees this afternoon, which is where they fell on Wednesday as well, according to the weather service.

Temperatures, however, will continue to fall in the area as the weekend approaches, with highs forecast at 63 degrees on Friday, then 55 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

Rainfall is expected to begin on Friday and last through at least Monday.

According to the Weather Service, Friday will see a 50 percent chance for showers during the day increasing to around 80 percent overnight. Chances for rainfall will stay around 60 to 70 percent through the rest of the weekend before falling back to around 50 percent on Monday.

Forecasters are expecting around a tenth to a quarter of an inch on Friday, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 to 2 inches through the entire weekend.

Heavier downpours are possible in localized areas where thunderstorms develop.

Here’s a look at the Austin metro area forecast through the weekend:

Friday: Highs near 63 degrees with a 50 percent chance of showers.

Friday night: Chances for rain increase to around 80 percent with lows around 50 degrees.

Saturday: High near 55 degrees with an 80 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday night: Lows expected around 48 degrees with a 70 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms.

Sunday: Chances for rain dip to around 60 percent with highs in the mid-50s.

Sunday night: A 70 percent chance for rain with lows in the upper 40s.

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