Don’t give up hope, a reprieve is in sight.
Although the string of 100-plus-degree days will likely continue through Friday, the weekend will bring cooler weather and even a chance for heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday.
It’s a little early to say who will benefit from the much-needed rainfall, but some parts of Texas will probably be fortunate enough to get wet.
“We're still working on trying to pinpoint exactly where the rain is going to fall,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn said. “We’re looking 2 inches possible in the Metroplex eastward but it’s hard to say if it will fall quickly or over a longer period of time. Not everyone is going to see rain.”
Forecasters predict a 60 percent chance of rain Saturday night and a 70 percent chance on Sunday, but Dunn said those chances could change as the cool front and low-pressure system move closer. Where the front actually stalls could be a critical factor.
Until the cooler weather arrives, North Texas will continue baking in the August heat. Dallas/Fort Worth Airport hit 102 three days in a row, and it was even hotter Thursday with the high reaching 103.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported Thursday that electrical use in its market reached 71,197 megawatts in hourly demand, its highest systemwide hourly peak demand ever, breaking the records set Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the first 11 full days of August, we had 11 triple-digit days.
Friday with a high of 103 and heat index values that could exceed 108.
In Rio de Janeiro, where many athletes will compete for chances at gold today, the high Thursday was 86 — which looks more like the local low temperatures.
In fact, according to the National Weather Service’s records, Tuesday tied a record for the highest minimum temperature for the day at 83 degrees, previously set in 2008 and 2011.
The Salvation Army opened cooling stations across the Metroplex in June.
Two stations are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week: the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter at 1855 E. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth and the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter at 5302 Harry Hines Blvd. in Dallas.
Twelve Salvation Army community centers have cooling stations available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday:
- Fort Worth, Northside Corps, 3023 NW 24th St.
- Arlington, 712 W. Abram St.
- Denton, 1508 E. McKinney St.
- Cedar Crest (East Oak Cliff) in Dallas, 1007 Hutchins Road
- Irving, 250 E. Grauwyler Road
- McKinney, 600 Wilson Creek Parkway
- Oak Cliff in Dallas, 1617 W. Jefferson Blvd.
- Pleasant Grove, 8341 Elam Road
- Garland, 451 W. Ave D
- Lewisville, 207 Elm St.
- Plano, 3528 E. 14th St.
- Waxahachie, 620 Farley St.