Dallas saw summer-like temperatures during Mother’s Day weekend, WFAA reports, and it appears residents can continue to expect record-breaking temperatures for spring, akin to those typically experienced in July and August.
The city has little chance of seeing the warm air subside over the next ten days. The forecast shows temperatures at a minimum of 92 and as high as 97 through next Friday.
Rain chances over the next few days are slim, leaving little room for relief from the extremely high temperatures. A few isolated storms may form west of the metroplex through the middle of the week, but the chances of that happening are slight.
During the day, high humidity maintains high heat indexes, so those who plan on spending time outdoors must be sure to take the necessary measures to keep cool.
As a spring heatwave raises temperatures and millions of people turn on air conditioners, demand for power in Texas is expected to skyrocket to levels rarely seen outside of summer.
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state’s primary grid operator, said it has adequate power to handle daily expectations.
The grid’s demand reached 67.3 gigawatts Monday afternoon and was expected to peak at 71.1 gigawatts at 5 p.m. The rate is about 3.7 gigawatts less than the state’s all-time high usage, achieved in August 2019.
According to AccuWeather, this week, heat that has already been present in Texas for many days will spread to the Midwest and Northeast in the United States, as well as parts of southeastern Canada.
U.S. highs near 100 degrees in the South Central regions, the 90s in areas of the Midwest, and the 80s in parts of the Northeast will all establish new records, some dating back to the late 1800s.