Record-Breaking Heat Threatens Worsening Drought Conditions


SAN ANGELO – As temperatures soar just shy of record highs, meteorologists warn of worsening drought conditions in West Central Texas this spring and summer due to a persistent lack of rainfall and unseasonable heat.

On Tuesday, temperatures flirted with record-breaking levels, and today's forecast suggests another attempt to break records. While yesterday's model predictions erred on the side of cooler temperatures, today's projections indicate a slight increase. This adjustment raises concerns as temperatures are expected to hover near the 90-degree mark across the Concho Valley and fall just short across the Big Country.

The record highs, set at 92 degrees in Abilene and 93 degrees in San Angelo back in 1986, may remain intact, albeit narrowly. Southwest winds, though higher than yesterday, could exacerbate the heat, with gusts possibly exceeding 20 mph.

Despite the mild overnight temperatures, hovering in the low to mid-50s, the lack of significant cooling poses challenges for agricultural sectors already grappling with water scarcity.

As West Texas braces for potentially record-breaking heat, authorities urge communities to conserve water and prepare for possible exacerbation of drought conditions in the coming months.

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