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Hot, muggy week ahead for Austin area

Published 8:20am Monday, August 26, 2013

With Riverland Community College starting classes today and other schools to follow soon, the area is getting a steamy dose of summer weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through Tuesday night, as heat indices are expected to range from 95 to 110 Monday and Tuesday. Highs will hover around 92 both days.

There will be little relief from the heat, as the lows will only reach the mid-70s overnight, offering little chance for the area to cool off. The heat conditions may persist through Sunday before cooling. Austin could also near a record-high on Monday. According to NWS, 96 is the highest temperature ever recorded on Aug. 26, which happened in 1955. The record low is 62, which was set in 1987.

The weather service warns the prolonged heat and muggy conditions will lead to a heightened risk of heat-related illness.

The weather service also urged people to take precautions when spending time outside and to reschedule strenuous activities for the early morning or evenings.

The area will cool off slightly Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, as a weak storm front may pass through the area, said NWS meteorologist Dan Jones. However, highs will hover in the upper 80s through Saturday before possibly reaching the 90s again Sunday.

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