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UPDATE: Austin area no longer at risk for severe thunderstorms


3:50 p.m. update: The national Storm Prediction Center is showing that the Austin area is no longer at “marginal” risk for severe thunderstorms. The Hill Country is still at risk, though, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

The center had been showing the Austin area to be some risk, although duration and intensity were expected to be limited.

12:25 p.m. update: A weak stationary front is bringing light rain to northern Williamson County, but Doppler radar shows the series of storm cells, stretching from Brownwood to Temple, are weakening as they creep east-southeast.

The Austin metro is staying largely dry as the rains remain north of the San Gabriel River, according to Doppler imagery.

As of noon, the Georgetown Municipal Airport was reporting 83 percent relative humidity and partly cloudy skies.

11 a.m. update: Doppler radar indicates that storms are beginning to march into the northern portions of Williamson County.

The storm cells are moving south-southeast around 20 mph, according to Doppler radar imagery.

Forecasters have said these storms will weaken as they continue their southward journey, but may bring some rain to the Austin metro area.

Chances for rain and thunderstorms will persist though evening. 

Monday forecast for AustinTemperatures will cool from the 100-plus degree heat that blasted Austin over the weekend — at least for Monday, the National Weather Service says. Highs today should reach 95 with a chance for storms. 

However, the heat will return for the rest of the week, as highs threaten to reach the century mark once more. 

“Today, we have a cold front that is pushing to the south-southeast ... later this morning and into the afternoon hours,” said Orlando Bermudez, a meteorologist with the weather service. 

For the rest of the week, he added: “It’s just hot.”

There is a possibility that a tropical storm system could form in the Gulf of Mexico. But if it appears, any storm would move towards the northeast — essentially the opposite of Austin, limiting any weather effect. 

TRAFFIC UPDATES: Use our interactive map to track delays as the commute unfolds

The weather service’s forecast for this week:

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 102. Low around 76. 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Heat index values as high as 101. Low around 73.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Low around 74.

Thursday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Low around 75. 

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Low around 77.

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