San Antonio weather: Cold front will help cool down area temps – San Antonio Express-News

The recent dry and mild weather, along with expected breezy conditions, has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Fire Weather Watch for parts of the San Antonio region on Wednesday.

A cold front is expected to arrive in the area Wednesday morning, bringing with it a low chance of rain east of Interstate 35 and Interstate 37, according to the weather service. Behind the front, the NWS says to expect critical fire conditions with low humidity and gusty northwest winds in the Hill Country.

The weather agency says gusty winds up to 30 mph are expected in parts of the Hill Country. Orlando Bermudez, a meterologist with the NWS in San Antonio, said the watch may likely be updated to a Red Flag Warning on Wednesday. Officials are asking residents to avoid outdoor activity that could inadvertently cause wildfires.

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Tuesday’s expected high of 82 degrees in San Antonio will approach record highs for Jan. 17, according to the NWS, but temperatures are expected to drop over the coming days. Wednesday’s high is forecast to be 79, followed by 71 on Thursday.

Once the wind dies down after Wednesday, temperatures will return to normal for this time of the year, which is in the mid-60s, Bermudez said.

There is a better chance for rain this weekend.

“We have a 50 percent chance for showers for Saturday into Sunday,” Bermudez said. “With a disturbance close to the coastal plains, air will push to the north, bringing humidity and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, one of the ingredients we’re depending on to produce showers.” 

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