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DFW gets welcome respite from heat

FORT WORTH-- Finally some weather we can tolerate.

After 12 straight days of 100-degree temperatures, a cool front made for a downright pleasant morning today in North Texas. We can thank Tropical Storm Edouard for that.

At 11 a.m. the temperature was a breezy 79 degrees. It won’t last all day; the high today is 92. But some people made a point to get outside this morning and enjoy it.

Steve Winters peddled his Trek bicycle from Trinity Park on 7th Street to the Fort Worth Zoo.

“It feels great,” he said. “Lately it gotten really hot toward the end of the ride. Today, it was a cool breeze the whole way.”

Colleen Wood put on a white T-shirt and Capri pants and strolled with her mutt Flo through Arlington Heights. The past few weeks, she’s gotten up early to walk Flo before the day’s heat set in.

“Lately, it is so hot we haven’t really enjoyed it,” Wood said. “But today, we’re taking our time.”

At Starbucks on Hulen Street and Bellaire Drive, Joe Weatherby did what was unthinkable the last two weeks: he sipped his iced coffee outside on the patio.

“Nice to be able to sit outside again,” he said. “Not even sweating. Hope it lasts.”

Edouard, it turns out, is a bit of a spoiler.

Had it not been for the storm that came ashore Tuesday near the Texas-Louisiana border, North Texas might have seen a record -- of sorts.

The storm, which was reduced to a tropical depression by early Wednesday, was unloading heavy rain over Hamilton, Mills and Comanche counties southwest of the Metroplex.

Several inches of rain fell overnight in those counties, and flash flood warnings were issued. Meanwhile, only faint bands of showers with trace amounts of precipitation edged into the Metroplex.

But Edouard also punted a dome of high pressure off of North Texas that was sending the region into a near-record stretch of 100-degree weather.

"It doesn't look like we're going to get the really significant rainfall that will ease the drought," said Dan Huckaby, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

"But," he added, "the cloud cover along with tropical air coming in is going to break the string of 100-degree days at 12.

"If we would have gotten to 13, it would have been in the top 10 for longest streaks."

Tenth place with 13 days is currently a tie shared by 2000 and 1951, Huckaby said.

The worst year, of course, is 1980, which had 42 days of continuous triple-digit weather, and 69 total for the year.

So maybe Edouard is not a spoiler, but a hero. It will also leave plenty of tropical air in place that could help fuel some thunderstorms.

The weather service forecasts a 40 percent chance of rain Wednesday.

Chances for rain drop to 20 percent for the rest of the week, but the forecast on Wednesday morning didn't call for triple-digits again until possibly the weekend.