Ann Collins of Austin wants to know how this summer compares to the last few. She says it seems like lately every summer is super hot and we keep breaking records.
The hottest time ever for Austin happened twice when the high hit 112 on September 5, 2000 and August 28, 2011. This year we were flirting with the all-time record on June 26 as the high topped out at 109.
Last weekend we came off a 11 day streak of 100s but the longest hot streak happened just last year of 27 straight days of triple digit heat in the middle of the summer.
This one has been very mild compared to the summers of 2009 and 2011. Last year's total of 90 triple digit days was a record breaker.
This led to the hottest July and august on record. This year we are way below those sizzling average high temperatures.
The more frequent rain events saved us from another super hot summer. We've almost tripled the rain we got last year through late august.
Since 1926, we've experienced highs 106 degrees or hotter 38 times. Thirty-three of those days have happened after 1990. So it's safe to say Austin is getting hotter thanks to all the growth and recent droughts.
All the extra concrete and development is helping to radiate the heat so Austin is producing its own heat bubble.
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