You knew it was coming. It has been obvious for a couple of weeks. We were trapped, and there was no way to escape...
The first 100-degree day of 2011.
The mercury hit the psychologically important three digits at 3:12 p.m. Monday at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the National Weather Service reported.
June 13 is a little earlier than the average first 100-degree day of the year, which is July 1. Then again, last year, the first triple-digit day was June 5.
"We're seeing a [weather] pattern we're used to seeing in July and August," said Nick Hampshire, a weather service meteorologist. "There is a strong ridge of high pressure sitting on top of North Texas."
The weather service forecast doesn't call for another 100-degree day until Friday, but we won't get much of a break. Highs will be in the middle to upper 90s, and overnight lows will stay in the upper 70s.
There is no rain in the forecast, Hampshire said.
And it's not officially summer yet. The first day of summer is still a week away, on June 21.
2 counties ban outdoor fires
Commissioners in Johnson and Parker counties voted Monday to reimpose bans on outdoor fires. Tarrant County is expected to do so today.
"When conditions are this dry, wildfires can happen very easily and then spread very quickly," Parker County Judge Mark Riley said in a news release.
The burn ban is in effect for 30 days. Violation is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 plus court costs.
On Monday, the Texas Forest Service was fighting nine large fires that have charred 42,079 acres. The biggest is the uncontained 20,000-acre Bird Ranch 2 Fire west of Paducah, about 230 miles northwest of Fort Worth.
Gov. Rick Perry renewed his proclamation of a statewide disaster Saturday and again requested federal help for Texas.
In a news release, Perry said, "I urge the federal government to quickly grant Texas the assistance we have requested -- and that Texans deserve -- to fight these fires."
Salvation Army cooling stations
The Salvation Army has opened two cooling stations in Fort Worth.
Its facility at 1855 E. Lancaster Ave. is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the one at 3023 NW 24th St. is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the organization.
Visitors can sit in air-conditioned rooms and drink water. Officials are particularly concerned about the health of elderly and poor residents who may not have air conditioning or cannot afford higher electric bills during the summer.
Staff writers Alex Branch, Elizabeth Campbell and Marty Sabota contributed to this report.