Thursday forecast for Austin: The heat and humidity are back at near full force, with the heat index expected to reach a sweltering 100 degrees and 99 degrees on Friday.
No break is expected in the shirt-drenching, late summer heat through the early part of next week, the National Weather Service says. Overnight low temperatures will stay above the 70s.
The Austin area forecast calls for a 20 percent chance for storms beginning on Sunday and lasting through Tuesday, though meteorologists expect the storms will likely stay east of Interstate 35.
“There are some chances of rain as we get into Sunday and Monday, but generally just hot and dry as we get into the next few days,” said Jason Runyen, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The weather service five-day forecast:
- Thursday: High of 96 degrees with a heat index of 100 degrees. Lows will only drop down to 72 degrees.
- Friday: High of 95 degrees with a heat index of 99 degrees. Low of 72 degrees.
- Saturday: High of 94 degrees with a low of 71 degrees.
- Sunday-Monday: Highs in the low to mid-90s with a 20 percent chance of storms.