All eyes on the tropics for potential Texas impact

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hot and dry weather rules our day today, with Austin’s 41st 100-degree day of the season and counting. Temperatures will be a bit hotter than yesterday because the sun won’t be blocked midday by the partial eclipse.

Changes begin in the forecast tomorrow as we monitor a cold front a couple of states to our north. It’s expected to push into our area as soon as late tomorrow, bringing sudden reason for the umbrella with scattered late-day showers and thunderstorms. Rain is expected to remain scattered both tomorrow and Thursday afternoons.

Consider this your first warning that we may have not only inconvenient weather this weekend to plan around, but hazardous weather.

We’re monitoring the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey, set to reemerge over the warm Gulf of Mexico waters late tonight into tomorrow, where it’s likely to redevelop into a tropical storm once again. Forecast tracks from our best computer models are suggesting a potential landfall from northern Mexico to the Texas coast as a tropical storm or hurricane sometime on Friday.

The main risk to Central Texas from landfalling tropical cyclones is typically not wind — but rain and flash flooding. Lots of uncertainty in the track exists since the potential tropical storm has not even formed a closed center yet, and our impacts all depend on the track it takes. Stay with the First Warning Weather team as it unfolds.

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Austin, Texas Extended Forecast

22
Tue
Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny
100° / 77° F
precip:
0%
23
Wed
Scattered Thunderstorms
Scattered Thunderstorms
99° / 77° F
precip:
20%
24
Thu
Scattered Thunderstorms
Scattered Thunderstorms
98° / 75° F
precip:
20%
25
Fri
Scattered Thunderstorms
Scattered Thunderstorms
92° / 73° F
precip:
40%
26
Sat
Rain/Wind
Rain/Wind
82° / 73° F
precip:
70%
27
Sun
Scattered Thunderstorms
Scattered Thunderstorms
83° / 70° F
precip:
60%
28
Mon
Scattered Thunderstorms
Scattered Thunderstorms
88° / 70° F
precip:
30%

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