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Temperature check: Austin and other cities breaking heat records this week

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It’s been a harsh summer around the globe and it hasn’t skipped Austin, which has been setting high-temperature records galore this year.


While more than 85% of Americans are melting under temperatures above 90 degrees through this weekend, Austin is trudging into its 41st triple-digit day with a heat advisory issued from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday.

However, Austin isn’t the only city breaking records.

The South Central U.S. is sweating

These cities topped their daily heat records on Wednesday.

  • Lawton, Oklahoma, tied its 2018 record of 111 degrees
  • Abilene, Texas, hit 110 degrees, topping its previous 1936 record of 107
  • Del Rio, Texas, topped its 2009 record of 106 at 108 degrees
  • San Antonio, Texas, got to 104 degrees, breaking the previous record of 101 from 1996
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas, was 103 degrees, its hottest since 2012, topping the record by one degree
  • West Plains, Missouri, topped its 101-degree record from 1964 at 104 degrees
  • Springfield, Missouri, tied its 2006 record at 103 degrees

Just one day before, nine Texas cities set records, including Austin, alongside one in Oklahoma.

  • Wichita Falls, Texas, hit 115 degrees and broke its record of 112 set in 2018
  • Borger, Texas, breaking its 109-degree 2018 record by two degrees
  • Abilene, Texas, hitting 110 degrees again
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, hitting 110 and breaking its 1936 record by one degree
  • Amarillo, Texas, breaking its 2018 record of 105 by three degrees
  • San Angelo, Texas, tied its 2018 record at 108 degrees
  • El Paso, Texas, broke its 1980 record of 105 by two degrees
  • Austin’s Camp Mabry hit 106 degrees, breaking its 105 records from 1914, 1923 and 1951
  • Midland International Air & Space Port in Midland, Texas, tied its 2018 record of 105
  • Houston, Texas, tied its 2000 record at 100 degrees

A look to the near future

At least in Austin, it doesn’t look like it's going to cool down more than a couple of degrees. According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for the next five days shows triple-digit highs. Additionally, a look at The Weather Channel shows 100-degree days persisting into August.

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

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

✨ Mozart's Light Show

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

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

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

🛍 The Front Market

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.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

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