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Upper-level low expected to end protracted heat wave in North Texas

08/29/2011 10:14 PM

09/10/2011 4:07 PM

FORT WORTH -- The end is near.

The triple-digit heat wave that has scorched lawns and inflamed tempers should be drawing to a close by Thursday or Friday, when an upper-level low replaces the upper-level high that has been stuck over Dallas-Fort Worth all summer, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

"It means temperatures won't be in the 100s anymore. It will be more in the mid-90s this weekend, and it will also bring a chance of rain," said meteorologist Ted Ryan. "I think this is probably it for the heat wave and this is probably it for summer."

For the moment, however, the heat wave continues. Monday's high at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was 102 degrees, the 63rd day of triple-digit temperatures this year, second most all time in North Texas. The record of 69 days was set in 1980.

It's expected to be 102 today and 100 on Wednesday before dipping to 98 on Thursday.

While a few lucky people saw rain Monday morning, Ryan said that the amounts were minimal.

"It looks a lot worse on the radar than what it really is when it's hitting the ground," Ryan said. "A lot of the rain is evaporating before it can hit the ground. ... I don't think anybody is going to get more than a 10th of an inch, and most locations will just see a trace."

Ryan said this weekend's showers will not be a "big drought-busting rain" either.

"Unfortunately I don't think everyone is going to see rain this weekend," he said. "It's going to be hit or miss. But everybody should see the cooler temperatures."

Ryan said temperatures will get even lower when a weak cold front moves through the area Sunday. Temperatures should be in the 70s for the low and in the low 90s for the high.

"It's not out of the question," Ryan said, that we might see 100 degrees again sometime in September or even October, "but as far as the consistent, long stretch of 100 degrees, it's very unlikely we're going to see that again."

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

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