Extreme heat keeps its grip on New Braunfels | Community alert


An excessive heat warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for areas along and east of I-35, including Comal and Guadalupe counties, as the grueling heat wave in the Condition continues.

According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures in south-central Texas on Tuesday are expected to climb between 100 and 108 degrees, with heat indices between 108 and 112.

Additionally, a heat advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Hill Country.

Temperatures only drop slightly on Wednesday and a heat advisory may be needed in parts of south-central Texas. Above normal temperatures will continue through Sunday, with highs hovering around the century in New Braunfels.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible over parts of the area each afternoon through early evening, with strong gusty winds being the main dangerous weather threat.

According to AccuWeather meteorologist Ryan Adamson, what forecasters call a “heat dome” remains in place in the region.

“Under a heated dome, flowing air drives temperatures up, and precipitation and cloud cover tend to be limited,” Adamson said. “It may take until next weekend for temperatures to drop somewhat as the heat dome finally starts to weaken and move east.”

Expect low temperatures to only dip into the mid-70s.

The high temperature at New Braunfels National Airport reached 106 degrees on Sunday, after highs of 104 on Saturday and 101 on Friday.

Heat-related illnesses are possible, especially during long periods outdoors during peak heating hours.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and watch your family and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles.

Those who work or spend time outdoors should take extra precautions.

If possible, reschedule strenuous activities for early morning or evening.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Wear light, loose clothing when possible.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends taking frequent breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments to reduce risk when working outdoors.

Anyone overwhelmed by heat should be moved to a cool, shaded area.

Heat stroke is an emergency. Dial 9-1-1.

Texas is facing extreme heat conditions, with much of the state experiencing temperatures above 100 degrees. As of Monday, the National Weather Service had issued heat advisories or excessive heat warnings for 154 of the state’s 254 counties.

On Sunday, San Antonio saw the hottest temperatures on record in the city at 106 degrees, while Austin hit an all-time high for July at 110 degrees.

ERCOT calls on residents to save energy

With hot weather driving record power demand, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s power grid, issued a conservation appeal Sunday night, asking Texans to voluntarily conserve power between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, but officials weren’t planning on any. rolling breakdowns.

ERCOT also called on large electricity customers to reduce their electricity consumption.

A conservation call notification is issued when projected reserves may fall below 2300 megawatts for 30 minutes or more.

ERCOT officials said factors driving the need for conservation included record high electrical demand, with the heatwave across much of the central United States driving increased electricity use and low wind generation, as projections indicated that wind generation was less than 10% of its capacity.

Power grids must maintain the balance between supply and demand at all times. When the Texas grid falls below its oversupply safety margin, the grid operator takes extra precautions to avoid outages. The first precaution is to ask the public to reduce their electricity consumption.

Storage tips from New Braunfels Utilities include setting the thermostat to 78 degrees and avoiding using the stove or oven, if possible.

NBU customers can water this week

Also affected by the lingering heat wave, NBU water customers can irrigate their lawns this week under stage three restrictions.

Landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is permitted before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. once every two weeks as determined by the last digit of the customer’s address with addresses ending in 0 or 1 on Monday, addresses ending in 2 or 3 on Tuesday, addresses ending in 4 or 5 on Wednesday, addresses ending in 6 or 7 on Thursday, and addresses ending in 8 or 9 on Friday.

Customers may use a hand hose, bucket, soaker hose, drip irrigation system, or soaker hose that does not spray water into the air is permitted daily before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. h during step 3.

The use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is not permitted on weekends during any watering restriction period.

The Stage 3 watering schedule and detailed restriction information can be accessed by visiting nbutexas.com/Stage-3.

grass fire

With conditions remaining dangerous due to the dry weather, New Braunfels firefighters are asking residents to exercise caution and avoid any activity that could start a grass fire.

New Braunfels firefighters responded to a grass fire in Steeple Chase Run and Granada Hills around 1:30 p.m. Monday that threatened residential structures in the River Chase and Havenwood neighborhoods.

City officials said units quickly contained the fast-moving fire, preventing its spread and limiting the fire to just over an acre in total. A residential structure and a recreational vehicle were threatened but not damaged.

Comal County’s average Keetch-Byram Drought Index, a moisture index used to determine wildfire potential, averaged 680 on Monday.

The dryness index ranges from 0 to 800, where a dryness index of 0 represents no moisture depletion, and an index of 800 represents absolutely dry conditions.

Burn bans are in place in Comal and Guadalupe counties.

The Texas Tribune contributed to this story.

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