The average date for a 100-degree day in the Dallas-Fort Worth area: June 30.We made it past that, but the reprieve may not last long.On Monday, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport flirted with the century mark, reaching 99 before a nearby thunderstorm knocked the mercury down. Three locations — Naval Air Station Fort Worth, Meacham and Spinks airports — also reached 99.“If we got that close today, we could very easily do it tomorrow or any day this week,” said Dan Shoemaker, a National Weather Service meteorologist.But for now, the forecast doesn’t include a triple-digit high until Friday.The later-than-usual rise to triple digits isn’t a guarantee that DFW will have a cooler summer. Last year, the first one was June 27 and there were 27 after that, above the average of 18 days.“It gives us hope that it hasn’t been God-awful so far, but it could still be 110 in August,” Shoemaker said. But it looks like 2014 won’t be another 2011 when DFW recorded 71 triple-digit days. That year, the first 100-degree day arrived June 13. There were seven 100-degree days in June that year, and a whopping 30 in July.In 1980, the previous record-breaking year for 100-degree days, all 31 days of July got to 100 or higher.The three month-outlook from the Climate Prediction Center shows temperatures about normal and equal chances of having a wetter or drier than a normal summer.While that sounds like typical Texas weather, there’s no guarantee we won’t see more heat toward the end of summer.In both 2011 and 2012, DFW Airport recorded six 100-degree days in September.
Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna