Hot and dry Friday, severe storms possible this weekend

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After a refreshingly cool start Thursday morning with lows in the 40s and 50s, temperatures soared back above normal in many areas during the afternoon, reaching the low to middle 80s. Even hotter weather is forecast Friday, with afternoon highs approaching 90 degrees.

Humid weather builds back in tomorrow with even warmer highs in the lower 90s. High humidity may produce “feels like” temperatures in the middle or even upper 90s in some areas. Stay hydrated when exercising or working outdoors. Friday’s current record at Camp Mabry is 94 degrees, set in 1955. We likely won’t tie or break it, but we’ll be within a few degrees.

The hot, muggy weather will be one factor in an increasing chance of stormy weather this weekend. An upper level storm system and cold front will move across Central Texas Saturday evening, triggering rain showers and thunderstorms. It’s too early to cancel any daytime plans Saturday though, as the bulk of the stormy weather likely won’t affect Central Texas until late Saturday afternoon, or more likely, Saturday night.

All eyes are on the approaching weekend storm, and our risk of severe weather is increasing with the latest forecast information. Much of the area is now in the Slight to Enhanced risk of severe storms, but rain is expected to largely hold off until after dinner on Saturday. The highest likelihood of storms comes late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, in a 12-hour window from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Some of these may contain large hail, damaging winds, and even an isolated tornado.

Stay with the First Warning Weather team as the storm approaches and we gather new information.

Here is a statement from the National Weather Service about Saturday’s weather:

Headline:

…Strong to Severe Storms Possible Saturday Night…

Area of Concern:

Hill Country and along and east of the I-35 corridor.

Threats & Impacts:

Winds:  Damaging straight-line winds in excess of 60 mph possible.

Hail:  Hail 1-2″ in diameter possible.

Rainfall:  1/4 to 1 inch with pockets up to 2 inches

Timing and Overview:

An upper level system and associated surface cold front will bring a chance of storms to portions of South Central Texas Saturday night. A few isolated storms could be possible near and east of I-35 as early as Saturday afternoon. However the best chance of storms will come between 7 PM and 11 PM across the Hill Country and I-35 corridor and 10 PM to 2 AM east of I-35. Some storms will be capable of producing hail and damaging straight-line winds. The Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of the area in a Slight to Enhanced risk for severe storms.

In addition, frequent cloud to ground lightning will be possible. Due to the progressive nature of this storm system the threat for widespread heavy rainfall is minimal.

Confidence:

Moderate

Austin, Texas Extended Forecast

27
Thu
Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny
87° / 69° F
precip:
0%
28
Fri
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
90° / 75° F
precip:
0%
29
Sat
Scattered Thunderstorms
Scattered Thunderstorms
88° / 58° F
precip:
70%
30
Sun
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
74° / 50° F
precip:
0%
1
Mon
Sunny
Sunny
80° / 60° F
precip:
0%
2
Tue
Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny
84° / 65° F
precip:
0%
3
Wed
Scattered Thunderstorms
Scattered Thunderstorms
83° / 58° F
precip:
30%

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