Still no 100-degree day for North Texas, but it may arrive Sunday

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Relief from the heat

The Salvation Army has opened 15 cooling centers across North Texas for people who have nowhere to go.

In Fort Worth, the center at 1855 E. Lancaster Ave. is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Call 817-344-1811.

Two other Tarrant County centers — at 712 W. Abram St. in Arlington and at 3023 NW 24th St. in Fort Worth — are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Mid-July and still no 100-degree day?

That is so 2007.

Saturday’s official high at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was 99, forecasters said, and it marked the second time this month that the mercury stopped rising a tick mark short of triple digits.

Not that anyone was complaining, of course. At the start of last week, forecasters expected the barrier to be broken on Friday.

The last time it took this long to get that hot around these parts, the Great Recession was still about five months in the future. On average, the first triple-digit day arrives June 30, said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office.

“We got to 99 today, so sometimes it just happens a little later than normal,” he said Saturday evening.

If it doesn’t occur in the next 72 hours or so, it may not get close again for a while.

“If it happens this week, it’ll be [Sunday] or Monday,” Bishop said. “After that, for this upcoming week it looks like we’ll be much cooler than what it has been in previous weekends.”

A cool front is expected Tuesday night that may bring rain along with it. Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s, and lows will be in the mid-60s to low 70s throughout the week, with rain most likely on Thursday, he said.

Taylor Prater, 817-390-7964 Twitter: @taylornprater

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