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Saturday: Cloudy AM, partly cloudy PM, isolated shower/storm late. Winds: S 5-15. High 97. (Hottest this year)
Saturday Night: Scattered showers & storms (40% chance). Winds: SE/N 5-10. Low: 73
Sunday: AM showers possible. Not as hot & not as humid. Winds NE 5-10 mph. High: 91.
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Warmth Rolls On
Thursday, April 24th, 2014
What a day! Temps soared into the 90s for a good portion of Central Texas along and west of I-35. Why? It's called compressional heating. Ahead of and along a cold front this time of year, we can sometimes get a heat burst as that drier air moves in, sweeping down from higher terrain to the northwest (AKA downsloping winds). Though we got the heat, we missed the rain.
Overnight, less humid air will filter in, but the air behind this front isn't much cooler. We'll still be unseasonably warm through early next week.
Our next storm chance could arrive as early as Saturday night - mainly in the Hill Country - and Sunday for the rest of Central Texas. I'm expecting the possibility of strong to severe storms mainly north and northeast of Austin, with the most likely timing late afternoon and evening on Sunday.
A cold front drops through Sunday night, but it's a Pacific front. That means winds behind the front will be out of the west which will again set the stage for downsloping winds giving us a bump in temps. That's why Monday I'm forecasting 93 - the hottest we've seen this year!
Want a cool-down? Temps may fall to or below normal next week with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s possible Wednesday and Thursday.
STORM TRACKER FORECAST
Thursday Night: 60 Clear, less humid and cooler. Winds: N 5-10
Friday: 89 Sunny and warm. but slightly less humid. Could be patchy fog east of I-35 in the morning. Winds: NE to SE 5-10
Saturday: 89 AM fog and clouds, then partly cloudy. Winds: S 10-15 *Morning Low: 66 Could see some showers/storms develop in the Hill Country late. I've added a 20% chance of rain mainly at night in case those storms make it to the Austin area.
Sunday: 90 Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers/storms. Some could be strong to severe. Winds: SW 5-15 *Morning Low: 69
Monday: 93 Mostly sunny. Winds: W 10-15 *Morning Low: 64
Tuesday: 88 Sunny, less humid. Winds: N 10-15 *Morning Low: 60
Wednesday: 80 Sunny & comfortable. Winds: N 10-15 *Morning Low: 58
Thursday: 78 Sunny & pleasant. Winds: N 5-15 *Morning Low: 53
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Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler
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