Tuesday forecast for Austin: Springtime sunshine should help push temperatures to a high around 84 degrees. But be prepared for stiff breezes from the south at 10 to 20 mph, including gusts as strong as 25 mph, forecasters say.
The gusty winds – combined with low levels of relative humidity and dry foliage in the Hill Country and some parts of Central Texas – have the National Weather Service worried that such conditions could make it easier for any brush fire to spread.
Meanwhile, balmy southeast winds from the Gulf are expected to bring more clouds to the Austin metro area in the evening, which could help keep overnight temperatures above 63 degrees, according to the weather service.
But the moisture-rich winds will lead to patchy fog that will plague morning commuters early Wednesday until likely 10 a.m. Once the fog burns away, leaving mostly sunny skies, temperatures should climb to 83.
Clouds will return Wednesday evening as the overnight low slips to around 58.
The weather service’s extended forecast includes increasing cloudiness and a significant chance of thunderstorms on Saturday.
Thursday: Partly sunny with a high near 79. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 58.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of rain with a high near 76. East southeast winds of 5 to 15 mph could include gusts as high as 20 mph. Rain chances increase to 30 percent at night with a low around 65.
Saturday: 70 percent chance of storms with a high near 77. South southeast winds of 10 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph. Rain chances diminish to 30 percent at night, mainly before 1 a.m., with a low around 57.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high near 77. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 54.
Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 76.