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100-Degree Streak Ends – Temps Drop Into 80s

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DALLAS (CBS 11 STORM TEAM) – The Dallas-Fort Worth area’s streak of 100-degree days is over — just two shy of the record set in 1980.

After the region watched temperatures soar going all the way back to early July, clouds moved in Thursday afternoon.

CBS 11 Storm Team Meteorologist Jeff Jamison said a line of thunderstorms moved into the northern and northwestern counties after the lunch hour. The storms contain gusty winds, lightning, and much-needed rainfall. The line of storms knocked temperatures down into the 70s and 80s in places like Bridgeport, Decatur and Gainesville.

This gust front has generated winds up to 35 to 40 mph behind the front leading to a lot of blowing dust, but very little rain has fallen. There were a few heavy downpours in Wise County from a thunderstorm that collapsed as it moved into Tarrant County. Decatur saw nearly .75” of rain.

According to CBS 11 Storm Team Meteorologist Larry Mowry, overnight conditions could include another storm complex moving into North Texas. And the potential for wet weather isn’t over with another chance of rain in the forecast on both Friday and Saturday. Both rain opportunities will depend on storm clusters starting north of the Metroplex and diving southward.

Temperatures will be cooler with cloud cover and possible. Highs on Friday will be at 100-degrees. The high on Saturday will be at 98.

Many people are upset that the record has slipped from our grasp. Other are questioning why anyone would want to extend an extra hour, minute, second of discomfort. University of Texas at Dallas Dean Bert Moore had an opinion as to why. “The thinking is, if we’re going to be this miserable, let’s be memorably miserable,” he said. “We expect to have hot summers in Texas. But let’s be record-keepers, at least.”

The debate can continue if desired, but temperatures are expected to be back at 100+ by next week.

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