Near-record heat all weekend with rain chances

AUSTIN (KXAN) - High temperature records fell even before the warmest hour of the day Friday at both Camp Mabry and ABIA as a dryline moved in from West Texas, clearing away early clouds and fog.

Temperatures are once again kicking off in the 60s as clouds, mist and fog move back into Central Texas. It will be a mainly gray start to Saturday, with mostly cloudy skies expected for the rest of the weekend.

Even with the clouds, temperatures are expected to be within 3-5 degrees of daytime high records. The current record for March 17th is 89°, set in 1972. Our predicted high is 86°. The current record for March 18th is 90°, set in 2013. Our predicted high Sunday is 85°.

A few showers and thunderstorms are possible at times for your St. Patrick's Day and SXSW weekend plans, but neither day is currently looking like a rain-out. Highest rain chances are between Saturday night and Sunday morning, at 40%.

Stronger storms associated with the same system are possible to our northeast this weekend, including Dallas, and our northern counties may be impacted Saturday night. Stay with the First Warning Weather team for updates.

Once a cold front moves through Sunday night, bright days and slightly cooler temperatures are expected next week. Winds might be problematic for spring allergens and fire weather conditions on Monday. The first day of spring -- Tuesday -- is expected to be lovely, with highs around 75 degrees with sunshine. 

Allergies continue to be an issue this weekend, with 8 different types of pollen observed. Trace amounts of seven more allergens: Mulberry, Hackberry, Pecan, Pine, Cedar, Privet and Grass.

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