Extreme Heat Headed to Dallas

Temperature gauge on a hot day | Image by CDC
Temperature gauge on a hot day | Image by CDC

A short bout of extreme heat is expected in North Texas this week.

If the forecast holds, North Texas will face its hottest day so far this year. The National Weather Service predicts the heat index values will soar as high as 97 in Dallas on Wednesday. However, the scorching heat will be short-lived. By Thursday, a cold front will approach, bringing the temperatures back to a more comfortable level within the region.

Dallas will see a low of around 72 on Tuesday evening, with increasing cloud coverage. Winds will pick up, with gusts reaching as high as 20 mph.

Amid Wednesday’s burst of heat, there will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms starting in the afternoon. Otherwise, expect partly sunny conditions with a high near 90. Wind gusts could be as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday evening, the risk of showers and thunderstorms persists. Skies will be mostly clear, with a low around 68. Thursday, temperatures will retreat, with an expected high of 80.

While Dallas is used to heat, near-triple-digit temperatures are rare at this time of year. In May 2023, the City’s average temperature was 75.6.

June, July, and August are another story, however.

In the summer, the City’s average temperature is just over 95. As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Dallas is the fifth hottest large City in the Lone Star State. El Paso ranks No. 1 with an average summertime temperature of 97.6, followed by Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was a blistering 113, which occurred over two days, June 26 and 27, in 1980.

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