FORECAST: Dry, spring-like temperatures for first full day of spring

March 21, 2019 - 8:57 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin will see a picture-perfect spring-like day for the first full day of spring.

Mostly sunny skies can be expected in Austin, with highs soaring into the upper 70s - 76 is the forecast high for Austin proper, with mid 70s for the I-35 corridor and points east. Some clouds will remain to the south and west, dropping temperatures just slightly into the lower 70s.

Our next chance at rain showers and thunderstorms is still on track for this weekend, with rains pushing in late Friday and scattered showers and storms possible throughout the day on Saturday. Another chance of showers and storms is possible Sunday morning before clearing Sunday afternoon; a cold front will push through lowering temperatures on Tuesday.

Here's a look at the extended forecast:

TODAY...Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s. West winds 5 mph shifting to the northeast in the afternoon.

TONIGHT...Mostly clear. Lows around 50. South winds 5 mph.

FRIDAY...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. South winds 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT...Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY...Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT...Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 50s.

SUNDAY...Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s.

SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY...Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 60s. Highs around 80.

MONDAY NIGHT...Cooler. Clear with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 50s.

TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT...Not as warm. Clear. Highs around 70. Lows in the upper 40s.

WEDNESDAY...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s.

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