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Austin could see its warmest May in more than 100 years

South-Central Texas is having its hottest May in over a century.

Heading into the end of the month, the National Weather Service reported that the region is seeing its warmest May in over 125 years. This comes just a few months after the area saw the hottest December on record.

And though storms hit Austin last week, the record-setting temperatures are accompanied by drought conditions.

In May, Austin normally gets 4.7 inches of rain. With two days left this month, Austin has only gotten 2.3 inches, according to Andrew Quigley, a meteorologist with the NWS.

“It's kind of one of those months that we rely on to get precipitation,” Quigley said. “So obviously, it's less than ideal that we were so far below normal this month, because May just generally tends to be wetter, and then we tend to dry out kind of moving into the summer.”

Quigley added that the summer will likely bring precipitation conditions similar to May's.

But don’t count on the heat letting up anytime soon. Heading into the summer, Austin is seeing a 50 to 60% chance of having above normal temperatures.

If you like getting outside this time of year, there are some practices to keep in mind to stay safe.

“It's important that you're drinking enough water and that you're taking breaks in between your time outdoors to get inside, cool down and give your body the rest it needs,” Quigley said. “It can sneak up on you quickly, how strenuous the heat can be and the toll it can take.”


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