FORECAST: Chilly start to sunny Wednesday; high of 66 in Austin


Wednesday forecast for Austin: After a chilly start to the day, courtesy of cool and dry north winds, enjoy plenty of sunshine that will help warm things up to around 66 degrees.

The National Weather Service anticipates mostly clear skies at night with temperatures dropping to an unusually low 39 degrees with calm winds.

By the time early arrivals for this weekend’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival start showing up on Thursday, temperatures will begin trending upward into the low 70s.

Thursday’s forecast includes partly sunny skies with a high near 70 degrees as warm Gulf winds from the south-southeast pick up in the morning. The moisture-rich south winds will mean more clouds but also keep temperatures above 52.

The extended forecast for the first SXSW weekend includes overcast skies but also unseasonably high temperatures as hot as 84 degrees:

Friday: Expect patchy drizzle before noon under mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures could climb to as high as 73 amid balmy south winds of 5 to 15 mph. The cloudiness continues at night, leading to a 20 percent chance of rain.

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of rain under partly sunny skies. Temperatures could reach 84 amid warm south-southwest winds of 5 to 15 mph. At night, clouds increase and temperatures will likely stay above 60.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 75. However, west-southwest winds will be replaced by cooler north-northeast breezes in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph, forecasters say. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 50.

Monday: Partly sunny with a high near 65. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 43.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 66.


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