Summer 2019: Second Hottest in Austin History

AUSTIN, Texas — The Summer of 2019 will be remembered for many things, especially the heat: it was Austin’s second hottest on record.

Thanks to an abundance of heavy rain in the spring, it originally looked like the stage was set for a cooler than normal summer season.  But that didn’t last long.

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The first 100 degree days held off until mid-July, and that’s when the heat really took off.

July 2019 was the 19th warmest on record, with temperatures running 1.5 degrees above normal in the Capital City.

August 2019 ended up being the second hottest month ever behind August 2011, with temperatures running a full 4.1 degrees above average. The hottest temperatures of the year: 105 on 8/9, 8/12 and 8/13.

The heat streak continued into the month of September with an average of 87.5 degrees by the Autumnal Equinox, the end of astronomical (or calendar) summer.

As of September 24:.

  • Nine record hot September days so far
  • Warmest September ever in Austin (average high 100.3)
  • 18 triple digit days this month, the most in any September
  • in fifth pace for most 100 degree days in any year (56 in metro)

So, when will the heat finally back off? We’ve blown right past the 10 year average final 100+ day, which is September 3. 

Last year, the last 100+ day was September 1.

The latest hundred degree day ever? October 2, 1938.

Local weather records go back to 1897.

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Enjoy the weather!
Chief Meteorologist Burton Fitzsimmons (@Burton_Spectrum)