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From record-breaking heat to ‘cool’ nineties and rain

Drought-stricken grass in Marble Falls, Texas

Highland Lakes lawns and landscaping were major casualties of this summer’s brutal heat. Next week could bring an end to the triple-digit temperatures and also bring badly needed rain. Staff photo by Dakota Morrissiey

The Highland Lakes area is expecting a cool-down and a little rain starting Saturday, Sept. 9, after two months of brutal, triple-digit temperatures

“There are some signs our extreme, never-ending summer might be finally backing down,” reads a Sept. 5 weather report from Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose. “A change in the pattern is forecast to take place next week that will bring less hot weather along with a chance for rain.”

Rose explained that the pervasive heat dome that has been hovering over Texas for most of the summer is expected to weaken and move on early next week, allowing for cooler temperatures to swoop in starting Tuesday, Sept. 12. 

Triple-digit highs will likely remain until Saturday — at 105 degrees — but a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms that afternoon will continue into Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to drop into the mid- to low 90s by Tuesday, and possibly the high 80s on Wednesday.

The Highland Lakes has suffered through 51 consecutive days of 100-plus-degree highs, starting on July 8 and ending on Aug. 27. A brief dip into the 90s was quickly corrected and highs returned to the 100s, where they have remained.

According to Rose, 2023 is the second-hottest summer on record in Texas. The record still belongs to 2011, although certain monitoring locations, such as the Llano and Austin-Bergstrom airports, reported their hottest temperatures ever this summer.