On Thursday, it reached 100 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the start of a long hot weekend for North Texas. (Video by Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram) Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com
On Thursday, it reached 100 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the start of a long hot weekend for North Texas. (Video by Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram) Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

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It’s dang hot in North Texas and not going to get cooler anytime soon

July 20, 2017 11:05 AM

UPDATED July 21, 2017 10:47 AM

The first half of summer wasn’t too bad for North Texas.

Rainfall was above normal and before Thursday, there had been just two 100-degree days.

But the break from the heat can’t last forever, effective immediately. (See our tips for inexpensive ways to stay cool and have fun.)

On Thursday, it reached 100 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the start of a long, hot weekend for North Texas.

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A big chunk of the area — from Fort Worth into East Texas — is under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. Saturday. While high temperatures are expected to hover abound 98 to 100 degrees, heat and humidity are expected to make it feel like 105-107.

“It looks like we’re going to have hot, oppressive weather for the next few days,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Carlaw. “This is the time of year for it. Historically, this is the hottest time of the year.”

Gavin Dinger, a 9-year-old from Brock, enjoys the Safari Splash waterfall at the Fort Worth Zoo on Thursday.
Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

There may be slight chances for rain next week before the big dome of high pressure settles back over Texas, but only a few will likely see it.

“It is very tough to get cold fronts this time of year,” Carlaw said. “It’s not like we’re going to have a big washout.”

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport has measured 2.73 inches of rain this month, which is 1.27 inches above normal. Since the start of the year, it has rained 23.08 inches, which is 1.53 inches above.

But expect the back half of summer to be far less pleasant than the first half.

The long-range outlooks by the Climate Prediction Center show there’s a good chance the heat will stick around.

62 heat calls this month, 2 today as we go into the hottest part of the day. 105 heat index - hot weather response protocol implemented. pic.twitter.com/bn9fUYmxxB

— MedStar EMS Alerts (@MedStarEMSInfo) July 19, 2017

Both the 6-to-10-day and 8-to-14-day outlooks show above-average temperatures. And the three-month outlook for August, September and October, released Thursday, also is trending toward above-normal temperatures.

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Heat by the numbers

3 100-degree days this year at DFW Airport (June 23, July 14 and July 20).

18 100-degree days in 2016.

18 100-degree days annually in North Texas, on average.

71 100-degree days in 2011, a record.

42 consecutive 100-degree days (June 23-Aug. 3, 1980), a record.

Why do children keep dying in hot cars?

The temperature inside a car on a sunny day can easily surpass the outside air temperature.

Ross Hailey rhailey@star-telegram.com

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna

Stay safe in the heat

  • Check on the elderly, sick or very young
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol if you’re going to be outside for long. Drink water before you head out.
  • Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can develop quickly. If you start feeling ill, find a shaded or cooler area immediately and drink fluids slowly.
  • Monitor weather radios and newscasts for information on current conditions and weather alerts.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Try to wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat outside.
  • Try to avoid strenuous outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day.
  • Be extra careful about cooking outdoors, building campfires or driving off-road, to avoid igniting dry vegetation. Be aware of burn bans in your area.
  • Remember that your pets are also susceptible to heat-related injury or death. Keep them cool, too

. Source: Texas Department of Public Safety