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Another scorcher: Heat index could break 100 in Austin

Published 11:00am Monday, September 9, 2013

The heat hasn’t yet given up on summer. The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis., reports southeastern Minnesota and northern Iowa will be blasted by a heat wave Monday with high temperatures in the upper 90s.

NWS forecasts Austin’s high at 96 degrees, and the heat index could break 100. The record high temperature for Sept. 9 in Austin is 97 degrees, which was set in 1955.

While Austin is not directly within the heat advisory area, many surrounding counties are.

Despite the dense fog and high humidity early on Monday, NWS meteorologist Dave Schmidt said conditions will feel more like a dry heat as the day progresses. Still, Pacelli Catholic Schools announced classes would be released at 12:30 p.m. because of the heat. While Austin Public Schools has not announced an early release, district officials contemplated canceling recess and maintained the potential for an early release as well.

Temperatures should break tonight, with a low of about 68. There is also a chance of thunderstorms; however, Schmidt says any storm systems are more likely to pass north of the area. Temperatures could steadily cool off throughout the week, according to NWS, with a high of 82 on Tuesday and a high of just 68 by Friday.

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