Record-setting heat grills Crossroads
June 26, 2012 at 1:26 a.m.
Updated June 27, 2012 at 1:27 a.m.
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SOURCE: City of Victoria
Pat Medrano is glad he didn't know it was 106 degrees in Victoria on Monday.
"I was told it was 104. I'm glad I didn't hear about those other two degrees, that might have done us in," said Medrano of P&J Masonry on a construction site in the Terra Vista subdivision.
Medrano said he and his crew are taking extra precautions to battle the high temperatures.
"We have an extra water bucket to make sure we don't run out. They have a fan next to them," Medrano said. "We take our breaks. We have enough workers so we can rotate, otherwise we're in trouble.
"We do everything we can to maintain. Otherwise, it's unbearable," Medrano said.
That unbearable heat has included three consecutive days of record-setting temperatures in Victoria - 102 on Sunday, 106 on Monday and 108 on Tuesday.
Tuesday's high set an all-time record for a high temperature in Victoria in June, breaking the record of 107 set on June 18, 1934.
Sunday's temperature tied the record for that date set in 2009, Monday's shattered the previous record of 103 for June 25 and Tuesday's smashed the record of 102 for June 26, both also set in 2009.
Lara Keys, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the offshore flow of wind the last few days has been the major factor in the rise in temperatures.
Wednesday is expected to be another potentially record-setting day - the record is 103 set in 1916 - but relief is in sight.
"We should get more onshore flow after Wednesday with winds from the south southeast," Keys said. "That will enable temperatures to begin to drop and should be in the mid-90s by the weekend."