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Friday was the hottest day of the year in DFW, but cooler temps are coming

Temperatures soared to 102 degrees on Friday, the hottest day of the year so far.
Temperatures soared to 102 degrees on Friday, the hottest day of the year so far. Star-Telegram archives

Temperatures topped out at a sweltering 102 degrees Friday, the hottest day of 2017 in North Texas.

And while it was the sixth time this summer that Dallas-Fort Worth Airport has recorded a triple-digit temperature, a cool front should help make life outdoors more bearable for the next few days.

“We’re actually going to be able to see a noticeable difference,” said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. “Over the next few days we’ll be between five and 10 degrees cooler.”

Saturday’s high should be 96 degrees and Sunday’s 95 before dipping to about 92 on Monday.

The lower temperatures will be accompanied by a slight chance of rain off-and-on through Thursday, but temperatures pick back up on Friday.

DFW averages 18 100-degrees days each summer, with the most usually coming in August.

Fort Worth community centers and libraries are serving as cooling stations for residents who need shelter from the heat. The Salvation Army has also opened a cooling station at 1855 E. Lancaster Ave.

Density altitude adversely affects airplane performance at high temperatures. Some regional air carriers had to ground or reschedule flights in Phoenix due to forecast temperatures of 120 degrees.

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