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.
\u201cWith no additional rain expected before the end of May, it's safe to say it was a dry meteorological spring. Rainfall amounts ranged from less than 2" (<25% of normal) in northern Atascosa County since March 1 to just under 10" in eastern Williamson & far SW Dimmit counties.\u201d— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWS Austin/San Antonio) 1653871383
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.”
Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway