AUSTIN (KXAN) — Both a Wind Advisory and a Red Flag Warning — the first in a year in Travis County — have expired, but gusty winds at 10-20 mph will still give a slight wind chill to Sunday evening plans, so it’s best to take a jacket if you’re heading out. Winds will be back to normal by sunrise Monday. Expect tonight’s temperatures in the 50s and 60s, with overnight lows in the 40s.
Highs keep going up on Monday, and by Tuesday, we’ll be within 3-5 degrees of daily high records. Tuesday night will bring a quick, breezy, mainly dry cold front. This front will drop temperatures more than 10 degrees for the second half of the work week, but we’ll still be in the 60s. Otherwise expect a bright and pleasant week ahead. Our next chance of rain — slim at this time — will come next Saturday.
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Sunday’s extreme winds caused part of a 7-11 gas station to blow over on north Lamar, and did damage to several area fences. Power went out for more than 1400 Austin Energy customers around Riverside and I-35, as tree limbs cracked and fell on power lines. Winds clocked in at 43 mph at Camp Mabry and 46 mph at ABIA. Check out area high wind gusts here.
Recent rains totaling 3-5 inches across Travis County have forced City of Austin officials to close Barton Springs until further notice. Deep Eddy Pool is opening early (6 a.m.) as another option for morning swimmers while Barton Springs Pool is closed.
On Friday, January 13 we had a rare January Williamson County tornado. Read more about the phenomenon in our weather blog. Also in our blogs you’ll find information released from NOAA/NASA Wednesday on 2016 being the new hottest global year on record.