FORECAST: Sunshine with Austin temps as warm as 72 for Texas primaries


Tuesday forecast for Austin: Happy Texas Primary Day! Voters heading out to the polls in Austin to choose their party’s candidates for the November general election can expect sunshine and temperatures to climb to a seasonable high of 72 degrees, the National Weather Service says.

Polls close at 7 p.m., by which time the skies may see increasing cloudiness and temperatures cooling off in the lower 60s. Overnight temperatures could sink as low as 41 degrees.

Sunshine remains in the forecast for Wednesday but temperatures will be cooler than normal and won’t rise much higher than 63 degrees as north winds prevail, forecasters say. Wednesday night temperatures could drop to around 40 under clear skies.

Daytime temperatures will start to get warmer the closer we get to the first weekend of the South by Southwest festivals, forecasters say.

On Thursday, as SXSW attendees begin arriving, northern visitors might want to keep their long sleeves and pants on because Austin temperatures won’t get much warmer than 66 degrees under partly sunny skies. But balmy south-southeast winds will help keep temperatures above 50 on Thursday night.

The weather service’s extended forecast for that first SXSW weekend includes some cloudiness but temperatures are expected to get warm enough to break out the shorts and T-shirts.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 73 as south winds of 10 to 15 mph blow through the area. Gusts could be as strong as 20 mph. At night, forecasters call for a 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a high near 83. South-southwest winds of 10 to 15 mph will be replaced by westerly winds in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. At night, partly cloudy skies are expected, with a low around 57.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 72. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 49.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 67.


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