Another hot day expected before cold front hits area

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If you haven’t taken out your jackets, sweaters and other fall apparel, you have one more day to get ready as South Central Texas takes another try at setting record high temperatures ahead of a Friday cold front.

National Weather Service meteorologist Orlando Bermudez said San Antonio is forecast to reach about 94 degrees Thursday, 10 degrees above normal and possibly just shy of a record 98 degrees set in 1894.

“We might not break the record for San Antonio, but we'll be close,” Bermudez said.

Other areas in the Southwest could actually break heat records, with a forecast high of 101 degrees for the Rio Grande.

A cold front moves in late Friday morning that is expected to bring a 50 percent chance of rain, and wind gusts between 20 and 35 miles per hour by the afternoon.

“Not only are you going to feel the cold air, it’s going to be breezy to windy after the front,” Bermudez said.

Some parts of the Hill Country may even see temperatures in the low 40s.

Meteorologists say Friday’s showers will not be enough to bring the area out of the drought conditions caused by an exceptionally hot and dry August and September.

As of Oct. 1, all of the region is at least abnormally dry, with most of Bexar County in severe drought, according to the weather service.

The drought update was part of a Fall weather outlook released Wednesday.

Meteorologist Brett Williams said in the climate preview that there is a high probability for above normal temperatures from Oct. 14-22, and a slight chance of above normal rainfall between Oct. 16 and 22.

As for the coming days, the cool weather continues Saturday with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

A warming trend begins Sunday with a forecast high of 83 degrees. Monday’s high is expected to reach 90 degrees.

Another cold front is expected by the middle of next week, Bermudez said.

“This is that time of the year that it happens in October and November. We are ready for that roller coaster with temperatures going up and down,” Bermudez said. “You can have a great and warm day one day, then the following day you have a front, then temperatures drop between 20 and 30 and degrees in a 24 hour period.”

Jacob Beltran is a reporter covering San Antonio and Bexar County. Read him on our free site,, and on our subscriber site, | | Twitter: @JBfromSA