AUSTIN (KXAN) — High clouds from the Pacific Ocean couldn’t hold temperatures below the middle to upper 80s Thursday, and similar reading are expected Friday.
Comfortable nights and very warm, sunny days continue through the first half of the upcoming weekend. We are still tracking a pattern change however, that may bring a bit of rain on Mother’s Day.
We are watching a broad storm system stalled over the West Coast. It will meander its way toward Texas, finally sending more clouds and a chance of showers or a thunderstorm our way late in the day Sunday.
Better chances of a few rounds of rain and thunderstorms are expected early next work week. A few of the storms from Sunday night through Monday will have the potential to be strong or severe.
Recent heavy rains prompted the LCRA to conduct floodgate operations on several area lakes last week. While those operations have ceased, the LCRA continues to release excess water downstream through increased hydroelectric generation. Lake Buchanan and Travis have recently reached their highest levels in eight years.
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A strong El Niño pattern is weakening in the Pacific Ocean, but may continue to influence our weather through the rest of spring, with above normal rainfall in our forecast.
The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting wetter than normal weather during the May-June-July period. Temperatures have the potential to be average during this time.
A rapid shift to La Niña conditions are possible by late summer and early fall. La Niña conditions would bring drier conditions to Central Texas beginning this fall.