When you think of summer weather in East Texas, two words come to mind -- hot and humid.
East Texans have to put up with some of the warmest temperatures in the country. On average, afternoon high temperatures from mid July to early August range between 93 and 95 degrees.
Sure, it does get warmer than that here in the Pineywoods. Many folks remember the summer of 2000 when Lufkin broke the record high on nine different days. The hottest reading that summer was 110 on September 4th. That also tied the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Lufkin.
Luckily, the past few summers have not been as hot. The mercury never reached the triple digits during the summer of 2002. Last summer, the temperature reached 100 only once on August 6th.
We could still hit 100 this summer as we are just reaching the hottest portion of the year. So what can you do to beat the heat? Stay tuned to the East Texas News. Over the upcoming week, we'll share summer heat advice in our Beat the Heat reports.