After a very hot and humid afternoon, we do have some relief on the way in the form of a cold front. The heat index this afternoon eclipsed 110 in some areas, making it dangerous for outdoor activity. We set a record high at Camp Mabry by reaching 104. That broke the old record of 103 set in 2009. The cold front has moved into North Texas and is expected to sag southward toward Waco by morning. Ahead of it showers and thunderstorms will continue to sag southward overnight. If these showers hold together they will reach the Austin area early in the morning. This front should slowly pass through the Austin area by midday Saturday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop in the vicinity of the front during the afternoon and evening.
Since the front will stall just to the south of the Austin metro Sunday, more showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop. Generally between 1 and 2 inches of rain is expected this weekend.
We'll continue with rain chances to start next week, but high pressure will build into Central Texas from the Southwest by mid week, bringing drier and hotter weather.
Your 7 Day Forecast has the details.
Enduring The Heat... Central Texas continues to see new residents, some from parts of the country that don't normally see the heat felt here. They would appreciate knowing safety tips like if they're working or playing outdoors to take frequent breaks. Heat exhaustion or, worse, heat stroke, will sometimes arrive with little or no working.
Children, the elderly, and pets all need to be cared for a little more in this weather. Remember, if it's hot enough for you it's hot, maybe hotter, for them. All too often we hear/read about people and pets left in cars. So, a good safety tip here is that if you have a child riding in the back of a vehicle that you place something else back there that you'll need when you arrive. Look before you lock! Heat claims more lives every year than any other type of weather phenomenon.
Have a great night.
--Meteorologist Kelly Slifka