The heat seems to keep on cranking across the ArkLaTex. Another day and yet another heat advisory. There have been 35 days in row where temperatures have exceeded 90°. Over the past two months, overnight lows have not fallen below 75° for 24 days, and for 7 of those they have not fallen below 78°. Not much relief from the heat even overnight.
However, we are not quite in a heat wave yet. Although high pressure still has a firm grip of the area, for it to be considered a heat wave temperatures would need to exceed triple digits for at least 3-5 days. This year? We have a big ol' goose egg of reaching the century mark. However, it has definitely felt much warmer as our heat index has surpassed 105° on a number of occasions.
On average, we go through a heat wave or two each summer with 10-15 days exceeding 100°. Back in 2014, it stayed relatively mild all summer - never cracking triple digits. But, perhaps that was a bit of retribution for the summer of 2011. That year, temperatures skyrocketed into the triple digits a whopping 63 times!
Let's hope we don't see a summer like that, again anytime soon. For now? It's looking likely that we'll see our first triple degree day by this weekend, but some slightly cooler weather, and perhaps even a bit of rain in store for next week.
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