Another Part of Texas Just Broke Heat Records. Why? A Cold Front

(Bloomberg) -- Waco was deep in the heat of Texas on Monday.

The city -- home to Baylor University (and the HGTV show “Fixer Upper”) -- just logged its hottest day on record with temperatures reaching 114 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius). The reading smashed the old mark of 112 for the area between Dallas and Austin set on Aug. 11, 1969, said Ted Ryan, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fort Worth.

What’s even more surprising is one of the major reasons for the record heat: a cold front. Yes, you heard right. Ryan said a cold front moved to the north of Waco and, as is often the case in these situations, the winds died right in front of those cooler temperatures.

The fact that it came in the middle of a once-in-a-decade Texas heat wave that has been scalding the state for days just sealed the deal. “This is an unusual heat wave for Texas,” Ryan said.

Heat advisories and excessive heat warnings have blanketed Texas and stretch to Louisiana. The relentless temperatures sent natural gas and electricity prices soaring last week and threatened to stress the region’s cotton crops.

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