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This July Was The Hottest Month Ever in Austin

Photo by Callie Hernandez for KUT News

Crack open an ice cold drink and give yourself a pat on the back: you just survived the hottest month in Austin history.

The average daily temperature for July 2011 was 89.7 degrees. The previous record for the hottest month was set in July 2009, when the average daily temperature was 89.5 degrees.

Don't expect it to get cooler anytime soon. The National Weather Service forecasts highs of 104 degrees or higher all week long.

If it's any consolation, it's not just Texas suffering through a heat wave. Furnace-like conditions are being reported across the United States.

"We not only have record highs, but also record high overnight lows, with temperatures staying way up in the 80's overnight," Weather Channel meteorologist Mark Ressler told USA Today.

In case you’d like to relive the hottest month on record, here’s a graph showing the high temperatures recorded at Camp Mabry for each day in July.


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