Unseasonably warm air has had a grip on Central Texas for awhile. Monday's high temperatures proved that with highs reaching the low to mid 80s at most locations. Record high temperatures of 85 were set at Austin-Mabry (the old record was 84 first set in 1954 and tied in 1977) and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (the old record was 84 set in 1954).
That 85 is also tied for the fourth highest December temperature ever in Austin. The top 3:
90 on Christmas Day 1955
83 on 12/3/2013
83 on 12/12/1973
The t-shirts/shorts/flip-flops weather is leaving thanks to a strong cold front that arrives in the morning. The front is racing south. It is forecast to be south of Killeen and Temple by 3 a.m., arrive in Austin between 6 and 7 a.m. then quickly be out of the area by 9 a.m. The front arrives with a good chance of rain/isolated thunderstorms and strong north winds. Most rain totals will average around .10".
Winds will howl from the north once the front passes with speeds averaging 12 to 22 mph and gusts that may reach at or near 30 mph.
Tuesday will be one of those days where the high for the day will occur just after midnight and the low for the calendar day just before midnight Tuesday into Wednesday. The lowest temperatures Tuesday morning will range from the upper 40s to low/mid 50s. The highest temperatures in the afternoon will only reach a range of 53 to 57 but feel like the upper 40s to low 50s because of the north wind.
Times of rain will remain in the outlook for Wednesday to Thursday morning. Wednesday's temperatures won't get out of the 40s at most locations. The coldest morning will be Friday with a mostly clear sky. Temperatures will make you shiver with lows falling to the 30s area-wide.
The weekend is perfect with seasonal temperatures. Your 7 Day Forecast shows more.
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