AUSTIN, Texas — Did you notice how unusually hot it was in June? A plethora of heat records were broken during the month at Camp Mabry.
Most notably, we set a new average temperature record with 87.7 degrees, topping the previous mark of 87.4 degrees set in 2008 and surpassing the 87.1 degrees mark from the brutal summer of 2011.
With this particular record, it's important to keep in mind that this average includes all temperature readings – highs and lows – for each day in June.
Speaking of high temperatures, we actually set several new records, in particular when it comes to the 100-degree mark. We set the new record for the most triple-digit days in June with 21, surpassing the previous mark of 20, set back in 2008.
We also set other records involving triple-digit days in June, including the longest triple-digit streak in the month of June, with 12 days. In addition, seven record highs were recorded at Camp Mabry, including one that took place during the aforementioned streak.
June 28 was the only day where Camp Mabry was below average. Above-average temperatures were recorded every other day in June.
The La Niña pattern is to blame for the hot and dry pattern that we had in June. This pattern happens when a process called "upwelling" takes place in the central Pacific Ocean, where colder water is carried to the surface at a faster rate than normal.
Because of this, Central Texas – and all of Texas, for that matter – is experiencing a hot and dry pattern that explains not only the record heat, but also the below-average rainfall we saw in June.
The heat continues as we kick off July, with highs in the upper 90s to triple-digits to start the seventh month of the year. We're expecting a high around 101 for the Fourth of July holiday.
Stick with KVUE for the latest on the forecast!
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