Weekend forecast brings increasing clouds, lower temperatures briefly


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin recorded its 21st-consecutive 100° day on Friday — a tie for the second-longest heatwave in recorded history. But a weak disturbance moving our way from the Texas coast may mean some brief, welcome heat relief on Saturday.

While the storm system is unfortunately not expected to bring much beneficial rainfall, we are expecting mostly cloudy skies and a 5-6° drop in high temperatures. A high of ‘only’ 98° in Austin on Saturday would be our coolest weekend day in two full months.

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Forecast rain totals this weekend remain light and scarce

Periodic, slight chances of rain will continue Sunday into next week, but many areas will remain completely dry as a new stretch of 100° heat builds back into Texas.

While Atlantic hurricane season is off to a slower start than recent years, a hurricane outbreak is possible in mid-August as a combination of factors is expected to lead to a quick uptick in tropical activity.

Summer heat

Following Austin’s first official day of triple-digit heat, back on May 21, the First Warning Weather team each came up with their own predictions for how many 100° days we’ll see this year. Follow along through the summer with the chart below.

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