FORECAST: Near-record warmth Thursday as rain chances increase at night


Thursday forecast for Austin: Temperatures will soar well above normal across Central Texas on Thursday as highs are expected to reach into the upper 70s, and muggy conditions could lead to overnight showers. 

Austin could see temperatures reach 77 degrees – that’s 15 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year and only 4 degrees shy of the daily heat record set in 1970.

However, this spring-like weather pattern — thanks to a warm front coming in off the Gulf of Mexico — is expected to be short-lived, the National Weather Service says. 

A quick-moving northerly cold front is set to roar through the area on Friday, bringing a 70 percent chance of rain and storms, and dropping daytime high temperatures back into the 50s by Saturday. 

The Christmas weekend is expected to have clear skies and cool weather, as temperatures remain in the 50s through Christmas and lows drop into the mid-30s overnight. 

The extended weather service forecast for Austin:

Thursday: Cloudy with a high temperature near 77.  A 40 percent chance of showers at night with patchy fog after midnight; a low around 65.

Friday: 70 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms. Temperatures will rise to near 67 by 10 a.m. before falling to around 57 for the rest of the day. Between a quarter-inch and a half-inch possible. A 50 percent chance of rain at night with a low around 42.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 57. Mostly clear at night with a low around 38.

Christmas Eve: Mostly sunny with a high near 57 and mostly clear at night with a low around 34.

Christmas Day: Sunny with a high near 54.  Partly cloudy at night with a low around 39.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 59. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 48.

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