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Austin City Limits Festival

Since Friday night, eight people have gotten free ambulance rides to area hospitals from the annual Austin City Limits Festival concerts, because of dehydration from the heat and humidity. Two hundred sixty-eight have been evaluated but not transported.

See this good aerial view of the park and crowd before you arrive. Or, use the wonders of the Internet to attend it from home.

It’s always hot at this deal in Zilker Park–which draws people from all over the country and some of the world–and sometimes incredibly dusty. This year the last day today could be extremely wet and muddy.

The Austin-Travis County EMS reminds fest goers to watch for the telltale signs of heat overload including weakness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, and to stay hydrated throughout the day.

UPDATE  The National Weather Service is calling for a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, but Austin meteorologist Troy Kimmel doesn’t think the rain will get heavy before Monday when a cold front comes through. Nevertheless, the weather service has issued a flash flood watch starting this afternoon through Monday afternoon, with rain totals of 1 to 3 inches expected and spotty totals of up to six inches.

And no relief in sight

"We hit a high of 103 degrees at [Austin’s] Camp Mabry [this] afternoon! This marks the seventh day in a row of a high temperature over 100 degrees in Austin. It also marks the 20th 100 degree day this summer."

No relief? Well, the National Weather Service is predicting some but LCRA’s Bob Rose doubts it.

"I find it very interesting that the latest 6 to 10 and 8 to 14 day outlooks from National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center call for below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall across a large part of Texas for the latter half of August. None of the forecast modeling I see supports this bold prediction. I’ll be curious to see if this forecast continues the next couple of days."