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The Heat is On!

 

Monday, August 3rd, 2015


DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

It should come as no surprise this will be the hottest stretch of the year so far.  That's because climatologically speaking, August 2nd through 16th are the statistically "hottest" days of the year with an average high of 98 and average low of 75.  We'll not only meet those number but beat them for the next straight week.  Plan on a week's worth of triple digit heat along with morning lows (in Austin) around 76-78 degrees.  If you're keeping track, we've had 6 days of triple digit heat this year so far.  The yearly average is 13 and the record is 90 in 2011.  Continue exercising those heat safety precautions!  Heat safety tips right here: http://bit.ly/NWSHeatSafety


DRY STREAK

We have now had 34 straight days without measurable rain.  There were a few days in early July where Camp Mabry registered a "trace" of rain...but that's not enough to count.  34 sounds like a lot...but it's nowhere close to a record.  In fact, we're tied for 40th place when it comes to longest dry streaks.  The longest was 88 days spanning from October 29th, 1894 through January 24th, 1895.  I'm targeting Wednesday the 12th as our next rain chance for the Austin area - with computer models bringing the area between 0.1 to 0.2" of rain on a widely scattered basis that day.  We ended July tied for 3rd driest at both Camp Mabry and ABIA.  Areas east of Austin (especially toward La Grange and Giddings) might manage a sea breeze shower Tuesday - but the chance is pretty small.


NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

If your neighborhood is taking part in National Night Out Tuesday, be prepared for the heat!  Here are your Tuesday evening temps:

6PM: 97

8PM: 93

10PM: 88

Sunset is at 8:22.


AIR QUALITY

African dust will pay us another visit with air quality on the "Moderate" side for the next 3 days.


LAKE LEVELS

Lake Travis has now fallen 1 1/4 feet since our hot and dry weather has started evaporating some of the moisture we gained in May and June.  Lake Buchanan has now fallen about 2 1/2 inches since reaping the benefits of the rain up toward Brownwood.  Both lakes are expected to continue to drop.  Track lake levels: http://bit.ly/lcra_lakelevels


TRACKING THE TROPICS

In the Pacific, Guillermo is tracking toward Hawaii.  One disturbance in the Atlantic and another in the Pacific have very low chances of development.  Check out our Tropics Tracker: http://bit.ly/keyeTropics


STORM TRACKER FORECAST


Tuesday: 100 Mostly sunny.  (Record 107 in 2011).  Winds: S 5-10.  *Morning Low: 77

Wednesday: 100 Mostly sunny.  (Record 106 in 2011).  Winds: S 5-10.  *Morning Low: 78

Thursday: 101 Sunny. (Record: 105 in 2013).  Winds: S 5-10.  *Morning Low: 78

Friday: 102 Sunny.  (Record: 108 in 2003).  Winds: S 5-10.  *Morning Low: 78

Saturday:  103 Sunny - and hottest this year!  (Record: 110 in 2003).  Winds: S 5-15.  *Morning Low: 78

Sunday:  103 Sunny - tying hottest this year. (Record 106 in 2011).  Winds: S 5-15.  *Morning Low: 78
Monday: 102 Sunny.  (Record 107 in 2012).  Winds: S 5-10.  *Morning Low: 77


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Stay Cool!
-Chikage



KEYE-TV Chief Meteorologist Chikage Windler

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