WEEK­END FORE­CAST IS WET­TER AND COOLER

Thun­der­storms likely in the Austin area on Satur­day and Sun­day.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Katie Hall khall@states­man.com

Light­ning and thun­der­storms are likely this Satur­day and Sun­day in the Austin metro area, so be sure to en­joy the clear skies on Fri­day while you can.

Fore­cast­ers an­tic­i­pate lots of sun­shine on the last day of March, with tem­per­a­tures peak­ing near 88. That’s about 12 de­grees above nor­mal for this time of year and just two de­grees shy of the daily heat record set on March 31, 1974.

Fri­day night could see in­creas­ing clouds and south-south­east winds kick­ing up to 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said.

Spend some time out­doors Fri­day if you can, be­fore a squall line comes through Austin.

If you’re a per­son who sees the rain gauge as half-full, you can look for­ward to the lower tem­per­a­tures that the rain will bring. Tem­per­a­tures aren’t fore­cast to rise above 80 de­grees on Satur­day or Sun­day and will re­main in the 60s and 70s for most of the week­end.

The chance of rain in Austin in­creases through­out the week­end, be­gin­ning at 50 per­cent at 7 a.m. Satur­day, ris­ing to 60 per­cent at 7 p.m. Satur­day, then peak-

ing at 80 per­cent from 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. Sun­day — af­ter which the chance of rain drops sig­nif­i­cantly, ac­cord­ing to Thurs­day’s fore­casts.

Ex­pect about an inch and a half of rain over those two days in Travis and sur­round­ing coun­ties, the weather ser­vice’s me­te­o­rol­o­gists said.

“It shouldn’t cause any wide­spread flood­ing threats — maybe some lo­cal­ized flood­ing,” said Aaron Tread­way, a Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist. “We’ve had a cou­ple of days to dry out from the last rain event, and this is go­ing to be a quicker-mov­ing sys­tem rather than sev­eral days of con­tin­u­ous rain­fall.”

On Satur­day, the high­est chance for rain is across Wil­liamson, north­ern Travis and north­ern Bas­trop coun­ties, Tread­way said, though most of Cen­tral Texas will likely see rain at some point Satur­day.

Then, “Sun­day will be the big event,” Tread­way said.

There’s a small risk for se­vere weather, such as hail, through­out the week­end, Tread­way said. Light­ning and thun­der­storms are likely, but luck­ily, not all of the storms we’ll see this week­end will be thun­der­storms.

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