AUSTIN (KXAN) ñ Central Texas weather in September was, once again, dominated by temperatures mostly above normal and scarce precipitation.

Seventeen of the last 18 days of the month had afternoon maximums above normal, which, in part, led to an average high temperature of 94.6°.

During the week of Sept. 18-24, the average high temperature was 97.6°. At least there were no 100° highs during the month, though we came close with a high of 99° on Sept. 22 — a few hours before the official start of autumn. The average low was 70.8°.

The result is that September 2022 is the 12th warmest September on record at Austin-Camp Mabry.

Another month with too much heat

Rain was scarce. The normal rain for September is 3.45″. This September’s rain? A paltry .47″ with only three days of rain measured. The area has not had any precipitation since Sept. 7. It was drier at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport where just .14″ was recorded.

September 2022 is the 12th driest September of record at Austin-Camp Mabry and the fourth driest at the airport.

23 straight days without rain

The immediate seven-day forecast shows no rain, although there is one computer model that hints at some rain on Oct. 7 and 8.

So, what does October hold in store for our local weather? Unfortunately, it’s a continuation of the same story the KXAN First Warning Weather team has been telling you for several months. Afternoon highs are predicted to remain in what is now the dreaded “warmer-than-normal” category.

October is normally the second wettest month of the year with an average of 3.91″. The updated outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows a drier-than-normal forecast.

Three out of the last four Octobers have had decent rains.

Comparing previous October rain

Researching future seasonal outlooks indicated the forecasts of drier than normal eventually do end, but it isn’t until spring 2023 that we see a prediction of wetter than normal conditions.

Central Texas will be hoping this forecast holds, because in March, April and May 2022 only 5.89″ of rain was measured. Normally, we see about 10.29″.

Fingers crossed.