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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Our next weather-maker is coming into clearer focus with widespread rain looking likely in our near-future.

With big events this weekend like the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Austin FC’s first-ever playoff game, the Sunday forecast will be one to watch with an increasing possibility of rain.

What’s happening?

A strong cold front, the strongest we’ve seen in months, will approach Central Texas later on Sunday, bringing rainfall and a temperature drop.

Strong cold front arrives Sunday

What’s changed?

The timing of rain is still on track for a late Sunday arrival with the wettest day still being Monday. Temperatures behind the front have trended colder with some of our more recently updated computer models. Rainfall amounts have also continued to trend lower.

Coldest days since March, coldest nights since April

The cold front, expected to arrive late Sunday will bring a surge of cooler air to the area to start the new work week. Not since March 22 have we had highs in the 60s and that’s what we’re forecasting on Tuesday!

Highs next few days
Highs next few days

Our nighttime lows will be chilly too with widespread 40s possible, even in Austin, for several nights in a row.

Low temperatures next week
Low temperatures next week

The last time our nighttime lows dropped into the 40s in Austin was back on April 9th when we dipped to 44º.

Wettest weather since August?

The last time we had more than half an inch of rain was on August 31st and more than 1 inch of rainfall in a single day in downtown Austin was on August 22nd.

Last decent rainfall dates

The rainfall forecast for this particular round of wet weather has been a struggle to narrow down. Amounts continue to trend lower, which is not good news considering we need a lot of rain to battle our ongoing drought.

The National Weather Service is forecasting anywhere from 0.25″ to 1.0″ of rain for our area.

NWS 7 Day Rainfall Forecast
NWS 7 Day Rainfall Forecast

Stay with the First Warning Weather Team as we continue to track the cooldown and the rainfall.