In pattern reversal, unusually dry July weather to persist

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In a complete turnaround from the record breaking rainy pattern so far in 2015, unusually dry weather – even for July – is forecast through the first three weeks of this month.

Little chance of rain is forecast for the next week, and the Climate Prediction Center’s 8-14 day outlook indicates drier than normal weather will persist through July 20th.

Because of the recent rain, afternoon temperatures have only been topping out in the low 90s, a few degrees below normal. But, as high levels of soil moisture continue to evaporate, afternoon temperatures are expected to slowly warm to normal, then just above average over the next week to 14 days.

As the soil dries out, it will be more difficult for rainfall to runoff into the Highland Lakes chain. Lake Buchanan is still only 52% full; Lake Travis is 85%.

Highs today will again be in the low 90s, with early morning  clouds and partly cloudy skies this afternoon. Even though a large cold front is bringing soaking rains into north Texas, only a few isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow in Central Texas.

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