Friday forecast for Austin: Happy, sunny days are here again, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures in Austin could reach 76 degrees under sunny skies on Friday, forecasters said. In the evening, skies will be mostly clear as temperatures dip overnight to 56 degrees.

The mild, sunny weather is a bookend on a week that started rainy and gloomy. Sunshine and increasingly warmer temperatures should continue into next week, according to the weather service's extended forecast:

Saturday: Sunny with a high near 85. Clear at night with a low around 59.

Sunday: Sunny with a high near 82. Clear at night with a low around 59.

Monday: Sunny with a high near 79. Mostly clear at night with a low around 63.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 81. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 66.

Wednesday: Cloudy with a high near 76 and a 30 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 51 and a 40 percent chance of rain.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 67 and a 20 percent chance of rain.