North Texas’ Dangerous Heat Gets Worse
NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 Storm Team) – Air temperatures will push above 105-degrees and Heat Indices above 110-degrees today and it’s expected to continue all week.
With the heat index pushing to 110 and above, an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect today through Thursday evening for all of North Texas — except for areas southwest wear the air is dry enough to yield a heat index below 110, but still reaching 105.
According to the National Weather Service an Excessive Heat Warning is issued when there is a prolonged period of
dangerously hot temperatures and the combination of heat and high humidity “combine to create a dangerous
situation in which heat illnesses are likely”.
The dominant high-pressure system that the CBS 11 Storm Team has been tracking for weeks is intensifying and focusing its circulation center almost directly over North Texas.
This system will bring the summer’s hottest temperatures…in fact some of the hottest temperatures North Texas has seen in a decade.
For those of you avid weather trackers, we did log one 107-degree high last summer. But, the string of 105+ degree days this week will rival years 2000 (6-day streak of 105+) and 1998 (4-day streak of 105+). In 1998 there were a total of nine 105+ degree days.
The CBS 11 Storm Team is forecasting 105+ readings the next seven days while the National Weather Service is forecasting 105+ for the next five days.
Highs across North Texas should peak close to 110 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and then ease somewhat into the weekend. There could be a break from the heat on Monday and Tuesday of next week, with a small chance for storms and increased cloud cover. However, the overall pattern looks to remain oppressively hot and with drought conditions worsening.