AUSTIN (KXAN) — Labor Day was Austin’s 20th 100-degree day of the summer with a high temperature of 101. More bearable temperatures and rain chances will begin today.
We are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Dolly, which upgraded from a Tropical Depression overnight. The storm is currently moving westward through the Bay of Campeche, and the forecast track takes Dolly toward coastal areas of North/Central Mexico late tonight, into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Landfall will be well south of the Texas border, therefore most of the rain should remain south of Central Texas. However, increased moisture and instability from the storm will mean a chance of rain this afternoon and evening and again tomorrow, most of which will be located east of I-35. Expect just a 1 in 5 chance of afternoon thunderstorms today and tomorrow with rainfall totals less than 1/2″ in most areas.
The tropical system will fall apart quickly into Thursday morning, allowing Central Texas to get back to a mainly dry forecast for the rest of the week. Other than one or two random pop-up showers Friday through Monday, look for partly cloudy skies and highs in the middle 90’s.
As hot temperatures continue this summer, we encourage you to remember our neighbors who cannot afford air conditioning. You can help them by donating a fan or funds to the KXAN Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive. Click here to make an online donation. Just $15 will buy a box fan for a needy senior or family with small children. If you know someone in need of assistance, call 512-459-4FAN.