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A hot Memorial Day weekend is on tap

An area of high pressure builds into the central third of the country, allowing for dry conditions and highs near the triple digits.

AUSTIN, Texas — A very warm Memorial Day weekend is on tap for Central Texas, as high pressure builds into Central Texas as well as the rest of the Great Plains.

Credit: Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg

What this high pressure does is cause air to sink toward the surface rather than rise as a low-pressure system would. Additionally, this type of air mass is called a Continental Tropical air mass, which is a technical term for a warm, dry air mass. 

What this does is transport the warm air northward and, as a result, we have temperatures that will warm to near the triple digits for the weekend and potentially break records.

Credit: Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg

With this in mind, many want to know:

When will be our next chance of rain?

The area of high pressure shifts off to the east as an upper-level low moves into the Central Plains. With that, the winds will be more southerly as the center of high pressure moves off to the east. This will allow some moisture to come in off of the Gulf of Mexico. As a result, low-end rain chances will exist to start next week.

Credit: Meteorologist Jordan Darensbourg

This is a developing forecast, especially when we get to the beginning of next week, as those low-end rain chances can shift based on model data.

For the time being, the seven-day forecast can be found below:

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