AUSTIN (KXAN) — Plan on another hot, sunny week ahead in Central Texas. Mainly triple-digit heat is expected, with little to no chances of rain. Bright sun is expected throug
hout Monday, with highs reaching 100 here in Austin: the seventh day of 100+ degree afternoons seen this summer. With a little extra cloud cover, Tuesday’s highs may take the metro back to 99 degrees, but increasing humidity will make the area feel like the low 100s, regardless of the thermometer reading. Highs ranging from 100-102 should round out the work week. By next weekend, humidity will once again rise, pushing heat index values into the 105-108 degree range once again.
July of 2015 became just one of 5 July months without more than a trace of rain since record keeping began in 1891. It was a sudden and dramatic reversal from the historic 26 inches that fell in May and June. In the history books, a trace amount or no rain has only fallen in only 29 months since 1891 and from the way the forecast is panning out, we will get halfway through the eighth month of the year the same way the seventh ended.
A large ridge in the jet stream is set up over the southwest and south-central part of the United States. The sinking air underneath that ridge was the reason we struggled to get any rainfall through the month of July, and will be the culprit for a dry start to August. The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting drier than normal conditions to persist through the second week – and possibly through the end of the month.
Heat Safety Tips:
- Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
- If outdoors during the hottest hours of the day, drink plenty water.
- Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
- Take frequent breaks from the sun/heat in shady areas, or indoors.
- If in the sun apply broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with at least 30 SPF
Also keep in mind that temperatures in an enclosed vehicle in the bright sunshine can reach deadly levels in a very short period of time. Always check the backseat of the car when exiting, even if you’re just running a quick errand, and never under any circumstances leave a child or pet in an unattended vehicle.
Though there is little relief from the hot and dry weather in the near term, the Climate Prediction Center’s new outlooks for the coming fall season indicate cooler and wetter than normal weather is likely, which could begin as early as September. And, it’s not just the autumn season either. Every monthly outlook through the spring of 2016 is forecast to be wetter and cooler than average.
Warmer than normal water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, or an El Niño, are forecast to persist through the fall and winter, possibly longer. This pattern usually results in more frequent storm systems across much of the southern U.S., typically bringing Texas wet and cool fall and winter seasons.
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