Justin Winters of Azle spent 2014’s first searing, sweaty 100-degree day Sunday like a true Texan: He did what he would normally do.
“I’m used to it,” said Winters, 29, who was driving a go-cart on the outdoor track at Rockwood Go-Karts & Golf in Fort Worth. “You live in Texas, you expect it.”
The temperature officially reached 100 degrees at 3:54 p.m. Sunday at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. It was the high for the day, the kind of day described in a 1969 Texas Monthly story about Texas sayings such as “hotter than a stolen tamale,” “hotter than a honeymoon hotel,” and “hotter than a fur coat in Marfa.”
Kirk Karnes of PK’s Igloo Shave, near the go-cart track, had his own saying for it: “It’s a snow cone day,” he said, dishing up icy goodness from within the trailer’s cool 60 degrees. “Today, we’ll probably sell 250 to 300 snow cones. I can’t complain with 100-degree days.”
The whole weekend was busy for the go-cart track. Despite Saturday’s 99-degree heat, more than 1,000 people rode the go-carts and another 112 played miniature golf.
“I just had a group of eight get off the go-carts and they were drenched in sweat,” manager Bob Baker said Sunday. “The heat doesn’t seem to bother the people who come here.”
Across the city on East Lancaster Avenue, homeless people were making use of cooling stations set up for them, Corey Robinson of the Salvation Army said Sunday. By midafternoon, he estimated that 50 people had been to the station at the Salvation Army shelter.
“From the time we opened, it’s been steady,” he said.
Get ready for another hot one Monday: The National Weather Service is predicting another triple-digit day.
The big 100 came a little later than usual this year.
Last year, the first 100-degree day was June 27, and there were 28 days of triple-digit heat. Generally, North Texans see about 18 days of 100 or over, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
The latest first 100-degree day: Aug. 11, 2007, and there were only five 100-degree days that year, no doubt helped by storms that dumped 11.1 inches of rain in June.
Meteorologist Steve Fano said Sunday that the string of superheated days should be short, ending Tuesday, when daytime temperatures will be in the lower 90s.
Then comes some relief: A stationary front and two upper-level disturbances will bring widespread rain and cooler temperatures Wednesday with a high of 89, and a 50 percent chance of rain, mostly likely Wednesday night and early Thursday.
A second chance for rain and still lower temperatures comes Thursday, with a forecast high of just 83 degrees and a 60 percent chance for rain, and again Friday, with a high of 85 and 30 percent chance for precipitation.
“When it’s all done, we could see over two inches of rain,” Fano said Sunday.