Typical summer heat continues

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A typical summer weather pattern will continue through midweek with hot, sunny afternoons. A minor change Friday and Saturday will lead to only a few isolated showers.

Afternoon highs today will likely reach the triple digits in parts of the Hill Country thanks to drier air in that region, while the rest of us remain in the upper 90s. “Feels like” temperatures will be as hot as 106 degrees as humidity remains high.

Later this week, the bubble of hot air that’s leading to a very dry July may break down slightly allowing isolated rain to return. Most communities are expected to stay dry, so this month may go down in history as the 3rd-driest July ever in Austin.

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.

While we are not anticipating any near-term relief from the hot and dry weather, the Climate Prediction Center’s new outlooks for the coming fall season indicate cooler and wetter than normal weather is likely. 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, is 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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