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Typical Texas: Saturday cold front follows Friday record-heat

Austin will see swinging temperatures this weekend. (Pexels)

Austin’s weather is about to get really weird—starting with record high temperatures today and followed by almost freezing temperatures on Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, today’s high is expected to hit 87 degrees at the weather station in Camp Mabry, which is more than 20 degrees higher than average for Dec. 10. The previous daily heat record was 81 degrees, set in 1983.

The extended warm season can be attributed to La Niña, a climate pattern that cools the surface ocean waters along the eastern Pacific, which keeps cold air packed up north and leads to warm weather in Central Texas. NWS said there is a 95% chance it will last through the Northern Hemisphere winter.

It has already been an unseasonably warm December: the average temperature has hovered around 64.9 degrees—9.2 degrees higher than usual. It has also been a drier start to the month with only .03 inches of rain compared to the average .76 inches.

As the weekend progresses, winds will begin to kick up to 10-15 mph with gusts of 25 mph after midnight, though temperatures will remain over 51 degrees. Saturday will stay chilly, keeping the 10-15 mph winds with gusts reaching 30 mph, as temperatures reach heights of the lower 60s.

Forecasters predict that Saturday evening could lower close to freezing cold temperatures at 37 degrees. Come Sunday morning, freezing temperatures are possible across the Hill Country but the sunny skies that come with it will quickly warm back up to the mid-60s.

Monday will be back in the 70s before temperatures surge to the 80s on Tuesday for the rest of the week.


A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.

Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.