Weather forecasts have become mind-numbingly repetitive these past couple of months, as meteorologists struggle to find new ways to say heat wave or record heat.

Blistering, scorching, searing, unrelenting, unforgiving, intense, broiling, brutal, tinderbox, ferocious, sweltering, parched and record-challenging have all been used to describe Texas’ weather this year as hot summer days give way to muggy summer nights.