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Published on May 19, 2024
Austin Residents Alerted as Temperatures Predicted to Reach Mid 90sSource: Unsplash / CHUTTERSNAP

Austin residents are bracing for an intense heatwave, with weather forecasts predicting temperatures to soar into the low to mid-90s over the next few days. With the city already witnessing heat index readings of 101° reported by stations at La Grange and Pflugerville this Saturday, conditions are ripe for more areas to experience similar scorching feels-like temperatures, according to KXAN. The muggy weather combined with high humidity is to blame for this spike in perceived heat.

Fog and overcast skies have blanketed Austin this morning but are anticipated to clear by late morning, paving the way for a day of sunshine and minimal cloud coverage following an evening of clear skies, the forecast predicts increasing cloudiness along with areas of developing fog overnight, while most overnight lows will see temperatures dropping into the low 70s, this should bring some temporary relief from the day's heat.

A clear shift towards sunny weather is expected with Monday and Tuesday projected to remain dry, skies dotted with fair-weather clouds will roll in both days, according to the National Weather Service's forecast. The upcoming week's highs are persistently slated to hit 90+°, with Monday heating up to a high near 92 and Tuesday leaning even warmer with a predicted high near 94°. Citizens are advised to plan their week with these high temperatures in mind, taking caution to stay hydrated and cool.

The possibility of rain reemerges in the Austin weather scene late Wednesday night into Thursday, with a 30% chance of measurable rainfall on Thursday, KXAN notes, breaking up the dry spell and bringing reckonings of relief for the sun-weary locals. Although the Memorial holiday weekend is looking clear of organized storm systems, isolated to scattered showers could still grace the area, with chances of rain from Friday through Memorial Day lingering below 20%.

Meanwhile, sun safety is top of mind as the UV Index remains at extreme levels, indicating a high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Those spending extended periods outdoors are urged to slather on sunscreen to fend off the fierce rays, KXAN recommends. Vigilance is critical during such extreme UV conditions to prevent sunburn and related ailments.

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