Austin on track for warmest year on record by wide margin

2017 to date has been the hottest year on record in Austin (source: NWS)

To date, the average temperature this year at Camp Mabry is 65.3ºF.  This is 1.7ºF above the previous hottest year on record.

In fact, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio are also on track for their hottest year on record.

These statistics are calculated from temperatures recorded between Jan. 1 – April 30. When we look at temperatures for the entire year, the warmest year on record for the Austin area is unsurprisingly 2011. This was aided by an incredibly hot summer when Camp Mabry recorded 90 days at or above 100 degrees.

We currently expect a weak/moderate El Niño to develop by late summer or early fall this year, and thus our summer temperatures should not be as hot as 2011. This may moderate our overall ranking by year’s end, but that is yet to be determined.

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