AUSTIN (KXAN) — The summertime heat won’t go away completely… but it does get more manageable next week. (For those new to Central Texas, fall-like weather isn’t expected until… *checks notes*… November.)

Our afternoon highs will continue to run well above seasonal average with upper 90s expected Friday through Sunday. Humidity will only add insult to injury with most of us likely to see heat index values reach 100°+ through the weekend.

We’ll stay generally dry to wrap up the work week with only a slim rain chance Friday and Saturday (10% or less).

We have a little more to work with Sunday as a cold front approaches us from the north (30%), but Monday is still trending the wettest with scattered showers/storms late day (60%).

Cold front nears the area Sunday/Monday

The latest rainfall forecast brings 0.5″-1.5″ of rain for most of us by the middle of next week, with most of the rain coming on Monday.

Rainfall projections over the next week (majority coming SUN-TUE)

There’s some early concern for severe storms and flash flooding on Monday. We’ll continue to monitor that threat with more specifics as we get closer to the arriving front.

After the front clears, temperatures drop out of the upper 90s into the low 90s, even some 80s are possible for highs next week.

East Coast Tropical Storm?

The National Hurricane Center started issuing advisories for Potential Tropical Cyclone 16, which is expected to become Tropical Storm Ophelia. NHC uses the term “Potential Tropical Cyclone” in order to issue advisories on a storm before it gets named, especially if it poses a threat to land relatively soon.

PTC 16 likely to become Tropical Storm Ophelia by Friday

Tropical Storm Warnings and Storm Surge Warnings are in effect for portions of the coastal Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states.

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