FORECAST: Heat, humidity increase this week as rain chances shrink

Monday’s forecast for Austin: The heat will begin to build again after storms over the weekend cooled things down — a bit. Highs are expected to reach into the upper 90s today, with the humidity making it feel more like 105 degrees outside. 

The outlook calls for a 30 percent chance for scattered storms across the area Monday and at night, thanks to remaining instability in the atmosphere from a low pressure system that came off the Gulf of Mexico last weekend. Storms swept through the area Saturday afternoon, dropping more than an inch of rain in places and — temporarily — dropping temperatures for a bit. 

But as the week wears on, the heat will build and storm chances will diminish again. High temperatures are expected to hit the century mark once more by Friday.

“It’s pretty much going to be similar to the last few days,” Yvette Benavides, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “We’re looking for things to start to fire up in the afternoon.”

After another chance at rain tomorrow, she added: “Just hot and dry for the rest of the week.”

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The five-day weather service forecast:

  • Monday: High of 97 degrees with a heat index of 105. Low temperatures will remain in the mid-70s. Forecasters are calling for a 30 percent chance of storms.
  • Tuesday: Storm chances drop to 20 percent, with a high of 97 and an expected heat index of 103.
  • Wednesday: High of 98 degrees with a low of 76. 
  • Thursday: High of 99 degrees with a low of 76.
  • Friday-Sunday: High of 100 with lows in the mid- to upper 70s. 

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