Austin forecast for Tuesday: The outlook from the National Weather Service this week calls for elevated heat index values. It simply means that the increased humidity will make the warm air temperatures feel about 10 degrees hotter.
According to the weather service, air temperatures through Thursday should climb into the lower to middle 90s, but the heat index values could rise to between 102 and 107 degrees in the afternoons.
On Tuesday, for instance, temperatures should soar to a high near 94 degrees. But heat index values could reach as high as 103.
As a result, forecasters are urging Central Texas residents to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. They also recommend taking frequent breaks in the shade or go indoors, and wear light-colored or loose-fitting clothing.
South-southeast winds of 10 to 15 mph will continue to bring humidity and moisture from the Gulf, contributing to partly cloudy skies Tuesday night and a balmy low temperature of around 77.
Meanwhile, the rest of the work week looks like a sticky one, according to the weather service:
- Wednesday will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97 but the rising heat index values could make it feel as hot as 106. At night, forecasters expect a low around 75 and southeast winds of 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
- Thursday also will be mostly sunny, with a high near 96. Similar to the night before, Thursday night should be mostly clear, with a low around 75 and southeast winds of 5 to 10 mph still keeping the air humid.
- Friday should be sunny and hot with a high near 97. Expect another mostly clear night, with a low around 75 and warm south-southeast winds of 5 to 10 mph.
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