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


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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