Cool Monday evening, but warming trend ahead

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Behind Sunday’s cold front, temperatures in Central Texas only rose into the upper 60s and lower 70s Monday afternoon. A pleasantly cool night is expected – may even be enough to grab a light jacket if you’re heading out for evening plans.

Temperatures for sunrise on Tuesday will be cool, in the 50s, but Tuesday afternoon will show the first signs of this week’s planned warming trend, with highs about 5 degrees warmer than Monday for all cities in Central Texas. Cool north winds turn back to the southeast Tuesday, so humidity will increase as temperatures warm to near 80 degrees in the Austin metro. Wednesday through Friday, expect warm, humid conditions with a few late-day thunderstorms possible each day. Rain is not forecast to be widespread, but a few thunderstorms may turn severe with large hail and damaging winds.

Next weekend looks very warm and mostly dry. We’re forecasting mostly sunny skies on Saturday, then partly cloudy conditions on Sunday and Monday of next week.

Several rounds of storms this weekend brought reports of hail, high winds and rain. Unsettled weather has moved out of the area for now, but on/off rain has left us with the highest mold pollen count we’ve recorded in more than four years.