Austin, Texas, Breaks Hot Weather Record
August 24, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 24 (UPI) — The capital of Texas broke its record Wednesday for the number of days in a summer when the temperature rose to 100 degrees or more.
At 2 p.m., the temperature at Camp Mabry in Austin hit the century mark, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The mercury was still rising with the National Weather Service saying it could go as high as 105 degrees.
That made the day the 70th 100-degree day this summer. On Tuesday, Austin tied its previous record of 69 set in 1925.
Houston racked up its 23rd 100-degree day Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reported. The city has also set a record this summer.
Bob Rose, chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority, told the American-Statesman records are likely to be shattered, not just broken, by the time the heat wave ends. He said the hot weather is likely to continue into early September.
The National Weather Service has been warning Texans of dangerous fire conditions and reminding them that heat is the deadliest form of weather.