It has been a muggy last few days around Central Texas, marked by cloudy, drizzly mornings and warm, sticky afternoons. We’ve even seen a few days with afternoon storms. Check out this viewer photo below of storms moving through Central Texas on Monday.
(Credit: Deana Marie Brand | Killeen, TX)
A stagnant air mass will keep similar weather conditions in place through Friday. High temperatures will top out in the low to mid 80s, and lows will fall into the mid to upper 60s. Most counties should stay clear of afternoon and evening thunderstorms, although we can’t rule out a rogue storm or two.
Shifting focus to the end of the week, an interesting weather pattern could push through the region. This system should finally drive the warm, muggy conditions out of the area, bringing some relief to Central Texas for a few days.
Between Friday night and Saturday morning, a cold front will swing across the southern Plains. As this frontal boundary collides with the warm and humid air, scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop over portions of Central Texas. At this point, the likelihood of seeing strong to severe storms is pretty slim. If this turns into an afternoon cold frontal passage, conditions will be more ripe for stronger storms to develop. Most forecast models are trending toward an early morning frontal passage, which should translate to weaker storms.
On the flip side, a fairly cool air mass will surge in behind the system, which could lead to a 10-20 degree drop in temperatures across Central Texas. Yes, high temperatures could go from the mid 80s Friday afternoon to the low 70s Saturday afternoon. Some forecast models are even bringing high temperatures into the upper 60s on Saturday! Brrrr. And morning lows are likely to fall into the 40s between Sunday and Monday.
So hold on Central Texas. We only have a few more days of sticky conditions before a much needed cool down takes place across our area.
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