AUSTIN (KXAN) — The afternoon high of 83 degrees at Austin’s Camp Mabry Thursday tied the record temperature. The high of 80 degrees at ABIA was one degree shy of the record. Temperatures as warm as 86 degrees were reported in a few Hill Country locations.
- Camp Mabry daily record: 83º (1976)
- ABIA daily record: 81º (1976)
A weak cold front will swing our winds back to a cooler northerly direction Friday, dropping highs back into the 70s, and the upper 60s Saturday. A few clouds return to the sky this weekend along with a slight chance of light morning drizzle for Austin Marathon runners on Sunday, as temperatures begin warming slightly for Valentine’s Day.
Dry, warm weather will follow next week, but the two week forecast indicates a shift in the pattern that may result in wetter than normal conditions.
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With only .34 inch of rain at Camp Mabry so far in 2016, this is the driest start to any year since 1988, and the 11th driest on record (since 1891). What is even more unusual is that a strong El Niño pattern remains in place in the Pacific Ocean: a phenomenon that was forecast to bring Central Texas a cold and wet winter. The opposite has been true.
It is too early to write off the El Niño though, as wet and stormy weather remains likely by springtime as fluctuations in the ocean pattern take place. In fact, the current pattern is lasting longer and peaking later than the strongest El Niño on record in 1997-98.
Read more about our dry winter here.
The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting colder and wetter than normal weather to return for spring.