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Hottest summer ever: July follows May, June with record heat

(Tracy B)

This summer has been the hottest on record for Austin as May, June and now July have broken the all-time record for warmest average temperature.

The average temperature in July was 90.6 degrees, almost a whole degree above the previous record, which was 89.7 degrees in 2011. With 29 days of triple-digit heat in July, the average high temperature for the month was 103.8 degrees.

The streak of high temperatures this summer can be attributed to La Niña, a weather pattern characterized by cooling waters across the central and eastern pacific oceans, resulting in warmer and drier conditions across Central Texas.

Additionally, drought conditions have played a role in the above-average temperatures. Only a trace of precipitation was recorded at Camp Mabry for the month of July, according to the National Weather Service. This is the 4th time in history that Austin didn't receive measurable rain in July.

Get ready for more hot days as August is typically the hottest month of the year.


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