Temperatures over the next few days are expected to climb into the triple digits thanks to a big ridge of high pressure sprawled out over the middle of America. This high pressure system is the main driver of the intense drought over much of the country.
This high pressure system is forecast to…well…not move much over the next several days. Above normal temperatures will continue over much of the Great Plains and Southern Plains through next week. It does appear that we’ll crack the 100° mark at DFW starting Thursday and stay there through the weekend. We’ve hit 100° at DFW six times this year, as of this writing. Looks like we’re about to add at least 4 or 5 more to that tally.
Even our smaller rain chances we’ve experienced over the past several days are vanishing. And we could still use the rain, as many areas have just not seen that much of it recently. During the past 30 days, areas near the Metroplex have seen only 25% normal rainfall. Juxtapose that with the fortunes over Southeast Texas recently, where they’ve seen nearly twice as much as what’s typical rainfall.
One of the main reasons we have not seen a drought situation in North Texas as bad as 2011, is the fact that we had an abundance of rainfall earlier this year. But we’ve seen things really trail off in the past few months, corresponding to the hottest time of the year as well.
Tonight…Fair and warm. Low 78°. South wind 5-15 mph.
Thursday…Mostly sunny & hot. High 100°. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.
Friday…Mostly sunny & hot. High 101°
Weekend…Sunny to partly cloudy. Still hot. Lows 78-81°. Highs 99-103°