Thursday forecast for Austin: Above-normal temperatures could climb into the mid-70s and continue to do so throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
The second cold front of the week is expected to arrive late Thursday night or early Friday, but it will only knock temperatures back down a few degrees. Highs will return to the upper 70s by Saturday, forecasters say.
With a lack of significant moisture in the air over Central Texas, forecasters don’t anticipate any rain with this cold front. Skies should remain largely clear and dry, with Austin seeing its next best chance for rain beginning next Tuesday, the weather service says.
The scarce precipitation isn’t normal, though. According to data from Austin’s main weather station at Camp Mabry, the city will likely end November with only 0.12 inch of rain during a month that typically sees almost 3 inches of rain.
Here are highlights from the weather service’s extended forecast:
- Thursday: Sunny with a high of 75. Clear skies at night with a low of 48.
- Friday: December begins sunny with a high near 74, even after a cold front blowing through. Mostly clear skies at night with a low of 51.
- Saturday: Sunny with a high of 76 degrees as warm south winds return to the area. Partly cloudy at night, but the increased cloud cover will help keep temperatures above 55.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy but temperatures should still climb to near 74. Heat-trapping clouds persist at night to help keep temperatures above 62.
- Monday: A 20 percent chance of rain – the first signs of possible precipitation for the week – as temperatures reach near 79 degrees. Rain chances persist at night as temperatures slip to around 59.
- Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of rain as a cold front knocks the high temperature down to 66. Rain chances slip to 20 percent and temperatures sink to around 42 degrees.