Jul 26, 2022 - News

Austin has "legitimate shot" in breaking all time triple-digit record

Crops dying in the heat in Austin.
Corn crops that died due to extreme heat in Austin earlier this month. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Austin's average temperature in July as of Monday was 90.7 degrees — 5.2 degrees higher than normal.

Why it matters: That was the year of a record 90 triple-digit days.

  • And following relentless hot and dry conditions, that September saw the terrifying Bastrop County Complex Fire, which destroyed more than 1,600 homes.

By the numbers: On Monday, Austin reached its 45th day of triple-digit heat this year.

What they're saying: "If the current conditions continue, and without rainfall between now and the beginning of September, we have a legitimate shot at tying or breaking that record" of triple-digit days, National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Yura tells Axios.

Zoom out: The state climatologist suggested last year that Central Texas will get hotter and drier in coming decades.

  • The expected average temperature in 2036 will be a few degrees warmer than the average over the last half of the 20th century — and Texans should expect extreme monthly summertime temperature trends to increase.
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