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It's Official: Dallas Heat Record Melts Away

September 13, 2011

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The temperature zoomed past the century mark across the greater Dallas area once again early Tuesday, shattering more records.

Tuesday was the 70th day this year where the temperature in Dallas exceeded 100 degrees, breaking the previous record of 69 days set in 1980. Looking at it in a different way, since January 1, one out of every 4 days - - actually 27.3 percent of the days- - has seen high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees.

Looking on the bright and slightly cooler side, Wednesday could be the last day of hot weather for a long time as a cool-down for the greater Dallas area and all of the scorched Southern Plains arrives for the week`s second half.

The forecast high Wednesday is 99 degrees, so although it will still be hot, another 100 degree day to add to the record year may not be in the cards. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s Thursday and Friday, which is closer to the normal for mid-September in North Texas.

Besides the year record, here is a glimpse of other heat related Dallas records:

  • July 2- August 10, 2011: 40 consecutive days of 100-plus highs, two days short of record.
  • 30 of July`s 31 days saw 100-plus degree temperatures.
  • 28 days of August 31 days had triple-digit temperatures.

Waco, Texas, has been even hotter than Dallas. It has seen 86 days of 100-plus temperatures, shattering the previous record of 62 also set back in 1980. Every day in July, and 30 out of August`s days, were 100 or above this year. To put this in perspective, Phoenix averages 92 days of triple-digit temperatures each year.

The extremely hot summer throughout the Southern Plains has produced a costly extreme drought throughout Texas, Oklahoma and eastern New Mexico. Click here for the latest drought update.

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Story Image: Matt Morris, not pictured, pours water on his son, Ryan Morris, 10, to help him cool off while skateboarding at Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. (Cody Duty, AP Photo/Houston Chronicle)

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