A beautiful forecast is in store for Central Texas this weekend, but changes could be on the way as we head into next week.
High pressure will continue to bring a slow warming trend to the area throughout the next few days. Friday’s high temperatures should top out in the upper 70s, while Saturday and Sunday look to rise into the low to mid 80s. Sky conditions will be fairly clear (at least through the first half of the weekend), but our weather pattern could transition into a stormy one as we finish off Sunday.
A dry line will set up over West Texas Sunday afternoon, which is typical pattern for this time of year. Imagine dry air over one half of the state, while the other half of the state experiences humid weather. The bordering line between the two air masses is often the area where thunderstorms develop. The debate heading into the weekend is whether isolated storms will develop over our far western counties Sunday afternoon. At this point, we are giving counties such as San Saba, Mills, Hamilton and Bosque a 20% chance for afternoon and evening storms. Again, this is just for Sunday, so most of the weekend should be great across Central Texas.
Things will really start to shift as we move into Monday. A cold front will sink southward over the state, and potentially stall out over Central Texas. If there is enough energy in place, coupled with wind shear (wind speeds increasing with height and turning with height), we may experience a prolonged period of showers and thunderstorms, with the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms. The First Alert 25 Weather Team will be monitoring the latest forecast models throughout the weekend, and will issue a First Alert Weather Day for Monday if there is a threat for severe thunderstorms.
There will also be chances for showers and thunderstorms between Tuesday and Friday, but the forecast could change depending on how Monday plays out. At this point, it is worth noting that the majority of next week could be stormy. Make sure to download the First Alert 25 weather app to get the most up to date weather information sent to your smart phone.
Enjoy the next few days of warm and fairly dry weather! Things could be changing very soon.
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