AUSTIN (KXAN) — Another great weather day today with afternoon highs well into the 80s under a mostly sunny sky. Winds will be noticeable at times with gusts up to 20-25 mph (expect these winds to get stronger Saturday).
Both Saturday and Sunday will feature morning clouds and a chance of early drizzle followed by warm, humid afternoons. While Saturday afternoon looks dry and pleasant, there is a chance of a late-day storm sneaking in on Mother’s Day.
As of this writing, there is a marginal risk (1 out of 5) for strong to severe storms in our north and northeast counties late Sunday. If storms do fire, we’ll be watching for hail and gusty winds.
Trends continue to show wetter weather for the first half of our next work week. Expect daily rain chances Monday through Wednesday along with cooler temps midweek.
Thanks to recent widespread rainfall totaling 4-8 inches, the number of us in soil drought status has been nearly cut in half. The entire Austin metro area is no longer in soil drought — just under the precursor, “abnormally dry”.
Notice on the below comparison how much better off the state of Texas is now compared to the start of summer in 2011 (red = intense soil drought). The fact that our soil is more moist today than 10 years ago helps keep temperatures from getting too hot as we enter the summer months.
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