Numerous showers and thunderstorms to come

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The weather has been quiet overnight with a mostly cloudy to overcast sky. Saturday’s rain ended during the early evening. The highest total in the area was .17″ at the gauge at the Colorado River in Austin. All other totals held under .10″.

Future clouds and radar depict a few showers and thunderstorms possible along and east of I-35 this morning and afternoon with moisture becoming more plentiful from the low that moved from the Gulf onshore in northeast Mexico. A few pockets of heavy rain may produce totals of between .25″ and .50″. Most totals today will hold under .10″.

High temperatures will rise to the lower to middle 90s. Austin will not hit a triple-digit high like it did Saturday when, at 2:05 p.m., the temperature reached 101°. It is the 68th day of a high of 100° or higher, good for a tie for third place with 2009 for the most triple-digit highs in a year.

Hard to escape triple digits

A trough in the upper atmosphere currently over the panhandle and west Texas will slide to the east increasing the chance of rain for our northern counties tomorrow morning. Again, there will be a few areas that are likely to see a few brief downpours. The afternoon looks to be wetter with moderate to heavy thunderstorms from the western Hill Country to I-35 extending into our eastern counties between 3 and 6 p.m.

Active weather possible Monday afternoon

A frontal boundary will combine with the tropical moisture already in place to keep rain chances high for Tuesday and Wednesday. Numerous showers and thunderstorms will affect the area resulting in a SLIGHT CHANCE for flooding as forecast by the Weather Prediction Center.

One model’s rainfall prediction

High temperatures between now and Friday will be primarily in the lower to middle 90s. Tuesday looks to be our “coolest” day with many highs between 86° and 90°.

Finally, the Climate Prediction Center is not changing its thinking for its 2-week outlook. It continues a forecast of “cooler than normal” and “wetter than normal” from August 28th through September 3rd.

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