Warm weather breezes past records

Published 9:44 am Monday, March 19, 2012

Last week was sizzling and this week should be, too.

Record warm temperatures were recorded across the region last week as at least four days had record highs. The National Weather Service is calling for record temperatures through Thursday.

“It’s still very much above normal,” said Jeff Boyne, NWS meteorologist.

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Austin broke records for five of the past six days, with Friday’s high of 72 matching the previous record set in 2003. Saturday and Sunday’s high of 78 set new records as well.

Monday’s high of 73 will probably break the 67-degree record set in 1976, while Tuesday’s projected high of 69 should be above the 68-degree record set in 1938. That’s well above the mid-40s Austin usually has this time of year.

“We’ll still probably stay above normal,” Boyne said. “We’ll drop from the 70s into the 60s as we go through the week.”

Austin isn’t expected to top records on Wednesday or Thursday, which are 80 and 74 degrees respectively, both of which were set in 1938.

The NWS is cautioning farmers who want to plant early, as the average last freeze is around April 26.