FORT WORTH -- Dallas-Fort Worth has hit a record high for a second straight day and the operator of the state's electric power grid has issued a level one emergency and urged customers conserve energy.
The temperature hit 108 at DFW Airport at 2:30 p.m., surpassing the record of 107 degrees for Aug. 2, set in 1998. At 4 p.m., the temperature was 110, making Tuesday the hottest day in nearly 11 years, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
Monday's high of 107 also broke the record for that date, 106, also set in 1998.
At 2:40 p.m., the Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a level one power emergency, known as a power watch, as reserves dropped. The company was forecasting another record power usage day. “We are requesting that consumers and businesses reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today, particularly between 4 and 5 p.m. when we expect to hit another peak demand record,” said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations for ERCOT. “We do not know at this time if additional emergency steps will be needed.”
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With a high of 110 forecast for Tuesday, meteorologists say this could be one of the hottest weeks ever and definitely the hottest week in more than a decade.
The current forecast calls for at least six straight days of 105-degree readings, which would make this week the third-hottest of all time.
We're now at 32 straight days of triple-digit temperatures at DFW Airport, the official site for North Texas.
"It's going to be one of the hottest, but not the hottest, because to be the hottest we'd have to have 112 and 113 [degrees], but we're not expecting that," said Jesse Moore, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's office in Fort Worth.
The mercury reached 107 at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport at 3:49 p.m. Monday.
ERCOT reported that between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday, usage soared to 66,867 megawatts, surpassing the 65,776 megawatts peak-hour record set in August 2010.
If you're keeping score, the highest temperature ever recorded in the Metroplex was 113 on June 26 and June 27 in infamous year 1980.
That's also the year that it was 100 or higher for a record 42 consecutive days.
That record "is definitely within reach," meteorologist Matt Mosier said. "We may see that one fall."
That's not news to Taylor and his employees, who often find themselves in "temperature- and consumer-hostile environments," dealing not only with the weather but with customers who are hot and frustrated.
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