After weeks of alternating between abnormally cool and warm temperatures for March, temperatures in the San Antonio area will return to normal in the coming week, according to the National Weather Service’s Austin Bureau.
But first, the week will kick off with a final day of cooler weather. A high is expected in the upper 50s on Monday, about 15 degrees below normal temperatures for this time of year, according to Keith White, meteorologist for the NWS.
The rest of the week shows more seasonal temperatures. Tuesday will see warming with highs in the lower 70s and Wednesday will continue the trend, with temperatures approaching the 80s. We will see highs in the low to mid-80s on Thursday.
Some areas could see a light rain beginning Monday night and continuing through Tuesday, White said, though it likely “won’t add up to much.”
There’s a more significant chance of rain with a Pacific cold front arriving Thursday night, White said. It won’t cool temperatures too much, but it will bring potential heavy to heavy thunderstorms and showers for part of the San Antonio area early Friday morning. More details on where the storms will be expected and their severity are pending, White said.
Even with the storms on the way, rainfall since early 2023 is well below the 30-year average precipitation.
“Since January 1, 2.75 inches of rain have fallen. … That’s about 2.33 inches below normal,” White said. The 30-year average is 5.08 inches in March, she said.
There is still time to remedy this, as average rainfall peaks in May. And White said the NWS doesn’t expect the same level of drought this spring as it will in 2022, which was one of the driest springs in San Antonio history.
Additionally, those disappointed by recent cold temperatures after last week’s swim weather can expect above-average temperatures by next weekend.