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San Antonio's First Cold Front Of The Fall Is Expected To Hit This Week

Brandon Watts http://bit.ly/1gXUTNn

Summer temperatures roasted South Texas and the Hill Country this weekend, but a cold front at the beginning and end of this coming week may finally bring refreshing fall weather to the region.

National Weather Service Forecaster Corey Van Pelt said a cold front is on the way to South Texas and by Monday night we'll see lows in the 60s in San Antonio and 50s in the Hill Country.  

A mid-week warm up follows. But Van Pelt says don't put away those light sweaters just yet.

"The second cold front comes later in the week around Friday (Oct. 11). That one looks a little bit stronger at this point, so we may only be in the 70s for highs on Saturday," he said.

Van Pelt added the National Weather Service’s long-term forecast for fall is warmer and dryer than normal.

San Antonio recorded the hottest September in the city's history according to weather keeping records that date back to the 1800s.

The average daily high in September was 96.5 and the average early morning low was 75.1.

September was also very dry with slightly less than an inch and a half of rain recorded at San Antonio International Airport.  That’s only half of the average September totals.

Van Pelt expects both of the approaching cold fronts to produce little to any badly needed rain.

The Edwards Aquifer Authority reports the water level in the city’s main source of water stood at 666-feet on Friday or about six feet above the mark where stage one water restrictions are imposed.

August was just as dry.

The San Antonio Water System told customers to should brace themselves for the highest average August water bills in nearly a decade.

The water utility reports it pumped almost 298-million gallons of water per day, much of it for customers trying to keep gardens and lawns alive.

Brian Kirkpatrick can be reached at Brian@TPR.org and on Twitter at @TPRBrian.