AUSTIN (KXAN) — Central Texas thermometers will be on the rise this weekend, with our first 100 degree day of the year in the forecast. However, our stay in the triple digits will be brief, as a rare mid-July cold front could bring some temporary relief.
Calm winds and slightly drier air Saturday morning led to the fourth consecutive record low (or tie) at Austin-Bergstrom. The low today was 65 degrees at ABIA, tying the record low for the date.
Computer weather models are now beginning to agree on what was once an unpopular scenario. They are now indicating an unusually strong July cold front will drop south into Texas sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
If the models are correct the front may reach Central Texas before becoming stationary, which could mean a slight cool down along with the chance for some welcome summer rainfall.
Between now and then, sunshine and heat will be the main players in our weekend forecast. Highs Saturday are forecast to reach the upper 90s under mostly sunny skies. Sunday seems to be the day we break through the triple digit ceiling, with abundant sunshine and a high of 100 degrees.
With summer temperatures settling in for several months, it is important to remember our neighbors who cannot afford air conditioning. You can help 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.