AUSTIN (KXAN) — Temperature records have been falling left and right in Austin lately, and we’re also climbing up the ranks in another metric.
Friday’s high temperature of at least 101° means Camp Mabry — Austin’s official weather reporting site — has hit 100° for 21 days in a row.
That’s the 2nd longest consecutive streak of all time, with records dating back to the 1890s.
The chart below shows how this current streak compares to previous ones.
This is only the fourth time in history that Austin has had a string of 20 or more days of triple-digit temperatures. We also reached that milestone in 2001, 2011 and 2020.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the longest streak ever was in the scorching summer of 2011, when Camp Mabry hit 100° a record 27 days in a row, from July 17 to Aug. 12.
Meanwhile, Austin has hit 100° a total of 56 days this year so far, the sixth most of all time. If the forecast holds, we’ll move into fifth position in that ranking on Sunday.
With long-term outlooks still showing hotter and drier than normal weather, we’re still looking to the tropics for any relief. While Atlantic hurricane season is off to a slower start than recent years, a hurricane outbreak is possible in mid-August.