Summer 2011 continues to move up the ranks of heat records for Dallas-Fort Worth. Another milepost was passed Saturday when the 29th consecutive day of 100+ temperatures was recorded at DFW, tying it with 1998 for the second longest streak on record for north Texas.
Since every day through next weekend is expected to reach 100 or greater for the daily high, only 1980 remains above 2011‘s lengthening trail of heat.
This summer is also in a dead heat with 1980 for the hottest summer on record, and will likely wind up in the top 3 hottest summers on record depending an day-to-day variations in August
Adding injury to insult is the potential for record highs this week. A strong ridge aloft parking itself over the southern Plains may push highs into the 105 to 110 degree range Tuesday through Thursday.
Traffic guidance signs on Dallas-Fort Worth highways are now offering the message “Extreme drought conditions…conserve water”: just another signpost illustrating the scorching summer of 2011.