5:15 p.m. update: Temperatures at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport weather station registered 97 degrees at 5 p.m., breaking the airport’s heat record for the day.
The previous record high for May 17 at ABIA had been 93 degrees in 2013 and 2003.
Gauges at the city’s main weather station at Camp Mabry are measuring 96 degrees, which matches the previous record high that was recorded in 1925.
Thursday is also now tying Wednesday as the hottest day of the year so far.
Temperatures on Wednesday also hit 97 degrees, but the current record for May 16 was set in 2003 with 99 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologists said.
4:25 p.m. update: Temperatures at Austin’s main weather station at Camp Mabry just hit 96 degrees, matching the daily heat record set in 1925.
It’s only 1 degree shy of Wednesday’s peak temperature of 97 degrees, which made that day the hottest of the year so far.
Thursday’s heat is almost 10 degrees warmer than normal high for this time of year, according to climate data from the National Weather Service.
Temperatures at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport also hit 96 degrees, easily eclipsing the previous daily record of 93 degrees set on this date in 2013.
Thursday forecast for Austin: After experiencing the hottest day so far in 2018 on Wednesday, when temperatures reached 97 degrees, Austinites can expect weather just as warm on Thursday, forecasters said.
Bob Fogarty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said temperatures in Central Texas could reach into the mid-90s during the day before dropping into the low 70s this evening.
“It’s going to be hot,” he said.
Temperatures at Austin’s main weather station at Camp Mabry could reach 96, which would match the record high for May 17 set in 1925.
Forecasters say temperatures at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport could reach 94, topping the record high of 93 degrees set there in 2013, Fogarty said.
Weather will continue to be sticky and humid, but rain is not in the forecast until the week’s end on Sunday.
A 20 percent chance for rain and storms is possible Sunday and into next Monday, Fogarty said.
Here’s the forecast for the rest of the week:
Friday: Sunny with a high near 95 degrees. Increasing clouds at night with a low around 72 degrees.
Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 93 degrees. At night, partly cloudy with a high around 72 degrees.
Sunday: Slight chance of thunderstorms with a high around 90 degrees. Mostly cloudy at night with a low around 71 degrees.