Long awaited cold front to bring wet weather and drop temps

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An unusual late July cold front will sweep into Central Texas later today, bringing the chance for showers and thunderstorms.  Also, for those that are ready for a break from triple digit heat index afternoons, highs will be kept trapped in the low to mid 90’s, with lower dew points.

Starting with the possibility of wet weather:

July, on average, is our driest month of the year at Camp Mabry.  However, in 2014 it is ranked # 2, coming into today with just over 5.5″ of rain.  With rain chances in the forecast and it being the last day of the month, July may challenge May for the wettest month of the year.

Light rain/drizzle will move by from time to time through the first half of the day, but more significant activity, including some strong thunderstorms, will be possible as the evening hours approach.  While some isolated heavy downpours could produce 1-2 inches of rainfall in a few spots, most locations will probably not receive more than 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain.

Showers will likely end during early overnight, and only a 20% chance for rain is in our Friday forecast.  If it does rain tomorrow, it will be confined to the morning hours.

Now to the dropping temperatures:

After rising to the low 90s, temperatures are expected to drop back into the 80s in many areas this afternoon.

The front is forecast to keep high temperatures in the low to middle 90s through the weekend–welcome news considering the first week of August is historically the hottest of the year in Central Texas.

We will certainly experience more excessive heat this summer, so it is important to remember our neighbors who cannot afford air conditioning.

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