Sunny skies greeted Central Texas on Sunday, but don’t expect them to last all day.
As Tropical Storm Beta continues to inch toward the Texas coast, meteorologists expect it to bring heavy rains to the eastern half of South Central Texas starting Sunday night and into Monday.
Beta has brought cool temperatures to Central Texas, giving us a feeling of fall just days before the autumn equinox on Tuesday. The tropical storm is expected to bring a storm surge to coastal communities, but inland flooding is also possible because of the slow movement of the storm, officials said.
They expect heavy rain to spread further northward into eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas early on Tuesday, but flooding isn’t likely in the Austin area.
In Austin, there’s a 30 percent chance of showers after 4 p.m. Sunday with a high of 83 and a northeast wind of 10 to 15 mph.
Shower chances continue overnight and into Monday with a possible thunderstorm or two, which will keep temperatures low enough that you’ll want to keep long sleeves nearby. Expect highs on Monday and Tuesday in the low to mid-70s.
The sun will return on Wednesday, when the high again reaches 80 degrees.
Here’s what to expect over the next three days:
Monday: High of 74 with an 80% chance of rain and sporadic thunderstorms and a low of 67.
Tuesday: Continued showers and occasional storms with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 60% and a low of 67.
Wednesday: Decreasing rain -- a 30% chance in the Austin area -- with a high near 80 and a low of 67.