Rain expected Monday in the Austin area

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A low pressure system moving in from the west coast early Monday is expected to bring the most precipitation central Texas has seen in more than a month, but that likely won’t be enough to alleviate the dry conditions that much of the region is experiencing. Austin area.

Just a quarter-inch to three-quarters of an inch are expected on Monday.

“That will help a bit with some of our recent rainfall deficits,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Keith White. “But you know, it’s not necessarily going to be anti-drought rainfall for our area.”

The Camp Mabry weather station in West Austin has recorded 0.14 inches of rain so far this month, 2 inches less than you might expect.

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The only significant rainfall at Camp Mabry in the past two months occurred on November 27, when 0.6 inches was recorded, and December 18, when 1.6 inches was recorded.

Areas east of Interstate 35 are experiencing abnormally dry conditions, according to the latest US Drought Monitor map. Meanwhile, the Hill Country, including western Travis, Hays and Williamson counties, is experiencing drought conditions.

“A drought has spread through south-central Texas,” White said. “These amounts of rain will help a bit but will not bring us back to our average January values.”

The prevailing La Niña atmospheric phenomenon causes sea surface temperatures in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean to drop below average, bringing warmer and drier conditions to the southern United States.

“December was the hottest on record of any December dating back to the late 1800s,” White said. “Although we have been cooler since then, those warmer temperatures in December combined with the lack of rainfall have certainly led to the extension of the drought condition in the region.”

After the rain moves east later on Monday, dry weather will return for at least the rest of the week, with high temperatures mostly in the 50s, warming up to the 60s for the weekend .

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