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National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio Texas
339 PM CDT Thu may 25 2017

Short term (tonight through Friday night)...
an increase in southerly flow in the low-levels will lead to
increased moisture and a return of low clouds across south central
Texas tonight. Overnight low temperatures will be much warmer when
compared to the last couple of nights. Given the increase in moisture
and cloud cover, we expect low temperatures in the 70s tonight. We
could see a few light showers develop east of the I-35 corridor early
tomorrow morning. For now, confidence in measurable precipitation is
low and we will keep the forecast dry. Another warm, humid and breezy
day is on tap for Friday, with highs generally in the 90s. The warm
temperatures along with humid conditions could push afternoon heat
index values to near 103 degrees along the I-35 corridor to near 108
degrees across the Rio Grande plains south of del Rio. Warm and humid
conditions are in store Friday night, with lows in the 70s.


Long term (saturday through thursday)...
another hot and humid day is in store for Saturday with highs in the
90s and maximum heat index values of 103-105 along I-35, with 105 to
108 degrees along the Rio Grande. Given the strong heating, we can't
completely rule out some strong to possibly severe thunderstorm
development along and north of a del Rio to Llano line. Chances of
the cap breaking appear low at this time, so we will keep rain
chances low. Should a few storms manage to develop, the main severe
weather concern will be large hail and damaging winds.

The weather pattern becomes increasingly active on Sunday as a cold
front begins to move into south central Texas during the late
afternoon and early evening hours. Overall instability should be
lower than Saturday, but given the cold front and an increase in
mid-level shortwave troughs, we should see some strong to severe
thunderstorms over the southern Edwards Plateau and western Hill
Country during the late afternoon and evening hours. The front
continues to slowly drop southward Sunday night and with the boundary
intersecting the higher terrain west of the Rio Grande, additional
thunderstorms will develop across the Rio Grande plains. Given the
fairly weak 0-6km winds along with southeast-easterly upslope flow in
the low levels, the pattern appears favorable for some locally heavy
rainfall. The exact location for heavy rainfall is tough to
determine at this time, but would initially favor the Rio Grande
plains and southern Edwards Plateau Sunday night. As the front drops
southward late Sunday night into Monday morning, we could also see
some pockets of locally heavy rainfall spread into The Hill Country
and I-35 corridor. The frontal boundary becomes increasingly diffuse
by late Monday and this should result in a lower, but continued rain

The forecast for the middle of the upcoming work week appears wet,
as a series of mid-level shortwave troughs move overhead in the
active southwest flow aloft. The remnant frontal boundary or
convective outflow boundaries will also aid in shower and
thunderstorm development. It will be tough to time the best chance
for activity to develop, so we will keep rain chances generally in
the 30-50% range through the remainder of the forecast.


Preliminary point temps/pops...
Austin Camp Mabry 74 93 76 95 76 / 10 10 10 10 10
Austin Bergstrom Intl Airport 74 93 77 95 75 / 10 10 10 10 10
New Braunfels Muni Airport 74 93 76 95 76 / 10 10 10 10 10
Burnet Muni Airport 72 94 75 93 74 / - 0 - 10 20
del Rio Intl Airport 75 96 78 97 77 / 0 - - 10 20
Georgetown Muni Airport 74 93 76 94 75 / - 0 10 10 10
Hondo Muni Airport 74 94 77 96 76 / 0 - 10 10 10
San Marcos Muni Airport 74 93 77 95 76 / 10 10 10 10 10
La Grange - Fayette regional 74 92 77 94 77 / 10 10 10 10 10
San Antonio Intl Airport 75 94 77 96 77 / - 10 10 10 10
Stinson Muni Airport 75 95 77 97 77 / - - 10 10 10


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