AUSTIN (KXAN) - Feel the heat?
Everyone did. The temperature in Austin reached 109 degrees around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, making it the hottest day of any June in any year. Austin's previous hottest June day was June 14, 1998, when the temperature reached 108 degrees.
The high of 106 at ABIA Tuesday was a record high for June 26th.
The heat was so intense it spawned two severe thunderstorms over southern Fayette County, blowing down trees near Flatonia and Schulenburg.
In response the record breaking heat Austin Energy sent out a notice asking customers to conserve electricity from 3 to 7 p.m., and to unplug and turn off appliances and electronics when not in use.
The First Warning Weather forecast for Wednesday calls for a high of 105 degrees, but temperatures are expected to slowly moderate the rest of the week, possibly dropping below 100 by the weekend.
Tips from health agencies for coping with heat:
- Stay in shaded areas and avoid the sun.
- Wear light clothing and a hat.
- Never leave a person or animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
- Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Wet towels and bandanas can have a cooling effect when placed on the shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water to cool off throughout the day.
- Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are lower.
- Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
- If you are aware of elderly, more vulnerable people in your neighborhood check on them to see if they need additional assistance.
- Allow your pet to stay inside in air-conditioned comfort during the heat of the day. If that's not possible, make sure your pet always has access to shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Never leave a child or animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
- At the first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), seek a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve.
Federal, state and local authorities on Wednesday arrested 15 people and seized 70 firearms in raid on a methamphetamine operation based in Burnet County.
A 13-year-old girl who told police she had been kidnapped from her school and assaulted on Monday, admitted to police she made the story up.
TxTAG’s customer call center lines are jammed as toll road violators scramble to pay up and avoid staying on a published scofflaw list.
The U.S. Grand Prix race in Austin next year will be held Nov. 2 and F1 weekend will not coincide with a UT Longhorns home football game.
One woman died early Wednesday after several shots were fired at a North Austin mechanic shop.
Bomb squad officials reported to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport after a suspicious package located in a cargo area Wednesday.