Only in Texas.
The day started off by climbing to triple-digit temperatures around lunchtime, followed by a few isolated thunderstorms, strong winds and some pretty rough weather took place in Collin County. Trees were downed and backyard objects were knocked over by the wind. So far no serious damage has been reported.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the DFW area through Saturday evening. A heat advisory means that the heat index values are expected to meat or beat 105 degrees and overnight temps will not fall below the upper 70s. You know the drill. Wear a hat if you go outside and drink plenty of fluids. Bring your pets inside and check on the elderly. And expect a high utilities bill too.
Break out the ice cream and get ready for some more heat. The really bad news is that it may not rain again for a month. Surprised? It's Texas. Of course you're not.
Records from 2011
Number of Days of 100 degrees or higher in DFW in 2011: 71
Days over 100 Degrees in 1980: 69
Number of Consecutive Days of 100 or higher in 2011: 40
Consecutive Days Over 100 in 1980: 42.
DFW missed the record by 48 hours and 4 degrees. If that cluster of clouds hadn't blown over here from Oklahoma, we would have beaten that record.
More on the Summer of 2011
The summer of 2011 was brutal. Here is more information on the record-breaking heat in 2011.
Beat the Heat
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