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Brace for triple-digit temps

Julye Keeble 
Staff Writer

Curtis Riganti|National Drought Mitigation Center
This U.S. Drought Monitor chart shows broad-scale area drought conditions across the state as of May 31.

Uvalde and surrounding areas are in for a scorcher this week, with triple-digit temperatures predicted from today onward, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

Starting today, June 5, the high was expected to be 105, with a low of 73 degrees. Similar temperatures were expected throughout the week, with highs ranging from 100 to 102, before dropping to a high of 95 on June 11.

Area residents are advised to take precautions such as staying hydrated, wearing loose-fitting and light-colored clothing, spending time in shaded areas when working outdoors, and in air-conditioned environments if possible. Bringing pets indoors and ensuring they have plentiful water and shelter during the heat is also crucial.

The ongoing drought has contributed to the higher temperatures, with numerous unseasonably hot days, though the area failed to break record highs. Uvalde County has gone from being largely in Stage D2, severe drought, on March 24 to Stage D4, exceptional drought, as of May 31, per the U.S. Drought Monitor.

There were three days of temperatures at or exceeding 100 degrees in Uvalde in May, including May 7, 103 degrees; May 17, 100; and May 18, 101. The warmest low temperature, recorded last month at Garner Field Airport, was 77 degrees on May 10.

Per the U.S. Weather Service, the record high for May in the San Antonio area was 104 degrees, on May 31, 2004; the warmest low temperature in the month, of 79 degrees, fell on May 31, 1990. 

In the Del Rio area, climate records list a record high of 109 on May 24, 2000; and the warmest overnight low of 81 degrees was recorded on May 29, 1927.

As of last week, there was no chance of rain in the forecast this week. In the first four months of 2022, a mere 1.28 inches of rain fell, as measured by the Texas A&M Uvalde AgriLife Research and Extension Center. The year-to-date total is 4.04 inches.

In January, about 0.15 inches of rain fell; 0.86 inches in February; a scant 0.03 inches in March; and 0.43 inches in April.

Last month, 2.57 inches of rain fell, with 1.49 inches recorded on May 25; 1.06 inches on May 4, and 0.02 inches on May 5. 

On March 9, the Edwards Aquifer Authority declared Stage 1 pumping reductions for the San Antonio Pool and Stage 2 reductions on April 11. As of yet, not water restrictions have been implemented in Uvalde, though the water level which will trigger them is nearing.

The J-27 index well of the Edwards Aquifer measured Friday at 852.3 feet above mean sea level, with a 10-day average measurement of 852.6. For the Uvalde Pool, monitored by the J-27 index well, EAA restrictions begin with Stage 2, which is triggered by a 10-day average of 850 feet above mean sea level, or readings below that number.