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.
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.