FORECAST: Ozone alert for Austin; temps to reach above-normal 95 degrees


Wednesday forecast for Austin: The summer’s heat cannot be beat. After one week of unusually nice, fall-like weather, temperatures will return to the mid-90s across the Austin-area.

The heat is also a factor for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which declared Wednesday an Ozone Action Day for the Austin area. The agency says atmospheric conditions will be favorable for producing high levels of ground-level ozone air pollution.

The TCEQ typically recommends that residents avoid using combustion engines, which can generate ozone pollution. So consider, when possible, carpooling, walking or riding a bicycle instead of driving.

Wednesday’s heat will at least be dry, as relative humidity is expected to remain low, the National Weather Service said. But that won’t hold. 

Low temperatures will only fall into the 70s overnight as humid, muggy air from the Gulf of Mexico makes its comeback, too. 

TRAFFIC UPDATES: Use our interactive map to track delays as the commute unfolds 

The dry and arid conditions Wednesday led the weather service to reiterate its fire weather advisory, though the threat is expected to be largely mitigated by low winds.

“It should be hot and dry all the way through Saturday,” said Trevor Boucher, a meteorologist with the weather service. 

Things will remain hot and dry until at least Monday, when Austin sees its next slim chance for rain. 

The weather service’s five-day forecast:

  • Wednesday: High of 95 degrees, low of 70 degrees. 
  • Thursday: High of 95 degrees, low of 71 degrees.
  • Friday: High of 93 degrees, low of 71.
  • Saturday-Sunday: Highs in the low to mid-90s, with lows in the lower 70s. 

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