AUSTIN (KXAN) — Labor Day was Austin’s 20th 100-degree day of the summer with a high temperature of 101. More bearable temperatures and rain chances begin Tuesday.
We are keeping a close eye on Tropical Depression #5, moving westward through the Bay of Campeche. The forecast track takes TD #5 toward coastal areas of Northern Mexico Tuesday evening, well south of the Texas border. Most of the rain should remain south of Central Texas, but increased moisture and instability from the storm will mean a chance of rain locally. Expect just a 1 in 5 chance of afternoon thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday with rainfall totals less than 1/2″ in most areas.
The tropical system will fall apart quickly Wednesday and Thursday, but a diffuse upper-level pattern over Texas through next weekend means that very slight chances of rain will continue through much of the seven day forecast.
As hot temperatures continue this summer, we encourage you to remember our neighbors who cannot afford air conditioning. You can help them by donating a fan or funds to the KXAN Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. Click here to make an online donation. Just $15 will buy a box fan for a needy senior or family with small children. If you know someone in need of assistance, call 512-459-4FAN.