Rain, the coldest nights since April

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Our next weather factor is coming into sharper 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, Sunday’s forecast will be one to watch with an increasing chance of rain.

What is happening?

A strong cold front, the strongest we’ve seen in months, will approach central Texas early Monday, bringing precipitation and a drop in temperature.

A strong cold front arrives on Sunday

What has changed?

Rainy weather is still good for a late arrival on Sunday, with the wettest day still on Monday. Temperatures behind the front are cooler with some of our recently updated PC models. The amount of precipitation also continues to decrease.

The coldest days of March, the coldest nights of April

A cold front expected to arrive late Sunday will bring a rush of cooler air to the area to start the new work week. We haven’t had highs in the 60s since March 22nd and that’s what we’re forecasting for Tuesday!

Highs for the next few days
Highs for the next few days

Our overnight lows will also be cool, with widespread 40s possible, even in Austin, for several nights in a row.

Cold temperatures next week
Cold temperatures next week

The last time our overnight lows dipped into the 40s in Austin was on April 9th ​​when we dropped 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 rain in one day in downtown Austin was on August 22nd.

Last decent rainfall dates

The precipitation forecast for this particular round of wet weather was hard to narrow down. Amounts continue to decline, which is not good news considering we need a lot of rain to combat the ongoing drought.

The National Weather Service is predicting 0.25 inches to 1.0 inches of rain for our area.

NWS 7-Day Precipitation Forecast
NWS 7-Day Precipitation Forecast

Stay with the weather team for an early warning as we continue to track cooling and precipitation.

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