Thursday forecast for Austin: Central Texas will experience cool temperatures in the 40s before sunrise, then a gradual warming with daytime highs in the upper 60s, according to the National Weather Service.
At Austin’s main weather station at Camp Mabry, temperatures had reached 50 degrees as of 6 a.m., but temperatures throughout the rest Travis County included 40 degrees in Jonestown; 41 degrees at Barton Creek near Oak Hill; 43 degrees in Lakeway; 46 degrees in Pflugerville and 47 degrees near Manor.
Forecasters expect Austin to eventually see temperatures rise to a daytime high near 71 degrees under partly sunny skies.
South-southeast winds from the Gulf could bring more clouds and humidity at night, but that also could help keep evening temperatures above 50 degrees.
On Friday, the first full day of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, the weather service expects patchy morning drizzle and fog and possibly some rain later in the day. Despite the sogginess, temperatures could climb as high as 73.
Patchy drizzle could occur Friday night, so consider packing an umbrella if you’re heading out to the SXSW parties. Warm south winds of 5 to 10 mph will help nighttime temperatures stay above 62 degrees, forecasters say.
The weather service’s extended forecast for the first SXSW weekend includes unseasonably high temperatures in the 80s Saturday before a dry cold front knocks daytime temperatures back into the 60s:
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 88. Mostly clear at night with a low around 57. A dry cold front will replace west winds with cooler north winds after midnight.
Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 69. North winds of 10 to 15 mph could include gusts as strong as 20 mph. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 44.
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 63. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 44.
Tuesday: Partly sunny with a high near 65. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 44.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 68.