It is now officially the hottest day of the year.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport set a record by reaching 107 degrees on Friday, surpassing Thursday’s high and making it the 12th consecutive day of triple-digit temperatures. It has been four years since it has been hotter. On August 9, 2012, it was 108 degrees and on August 2, 2012, it was 107 degrees.
The previous record was 106 degrees in 1999. A heat advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. with the heat index capable of reaching 111 this afternoon. By 4 p.m., the temperature had dropped to 100 degrees at DFW Airport as storms moved into the area.
All inbound flights into DFW Airport were being held at their departing airport until 5:15 p.m. to let the storms pass, according to the website FlightAware. Departures were delayed 30 to 45 minutes.
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But the record heat was also helping fuel strong thunderstorms across North Texas.
A severe thunderstorm warning was briefly issued for Fort Worth and Benbrook Friday afternoon as a storm moved across Tarrant County. Another severe thunderstorm warning was later issued for northeast Tarrant County and Dallas County but forecasters said more severe storms were unlikely.
“I think the atmosphere has begun to stabilize behind those storms,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain.
Earlier, lightning strikes started several small grass fires in Hood County.
More rain is expected this weekend as a cold front drifts into the area overnight and drops Saturday’s highs into the low 90s. On Sunday and Monday, forecasters expect highs in the upper 80s.
The cooler weather was already in place in the Texas Panhandle. At 4 p.m. in Amarillo, the temperature was 87 degrees.
The rain chances will be the greatest between Saturday through Monday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Juan Hernandez.
“We’re expecting the Metroplex to pick up about 2 inches of rain,” Hernandez said. “We could see heavier amounts in East Texas closer to Louisiana.”
Will anyone see flash flooding? That’s uncertain at this point.
The front is expected to stall somewhere over North Texas. As it interacts with a low-pressure system moving from Louisiana, some areas could see torrential downpours. That same low-pressure system has caused flash flooding and school closures in southeast Louisiana, including in Baton Rouge.
Forecasters now believe that flash flooding is more likely to take place east of DFW, but that could change.
“That is still a concern,” Hernandez said. “At this point, it’s hard to pinpoint a specific area that will see flash flooding, but some portions of North and Central Texas could see flash flooding.”
Forecasters say the cooler-than-normal temperatures will stick around. Highs should stay in the 90s all next week with a chance of rain through next Friday.
“It looks like we’re in a pattern where we never really get rid of moisture next week, so there will be chance of rain every day,” Hernandez said.