North Texas staying hot, dry through weekend

North Texas won’t see a drop in temperatures through the weekend, and the small chance of rain next week could bring a slight rise in temperatures with it.

Thursday’s high should reach 96 degrees, with overnight temperatures dipping to 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. The heat index will reach 100 degrees Thursday.

Temperatures should stay in the mid- to upper 90s until the next chance of rain Tuesday, the weather service says.

If the rain comes, it won’t drop temperaturesp; they could in fact increase a few degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Ryan said.

As the rain chances increase to 20 percent in the DFW metroplex Tuesday and Wednesday, the 10 to 15 mph breeze that will have hung around through the weekend will die out, he said.

The normal high for this time of year is 93, so temperatures are higher than normal but won’t break the record 104 degrees set for this date in 1980, according to weather service climate data.

But, the 100s aren’t far away, Ryan said. North Texas usually sees 100-degree temperatures by July 1.

There have been a few incidents of children or pets being left in hot cars this year, he said.

“We’re just trying to let people know it’s not necessarily bad parenting or stupid people,” he said. “Nobody thinks it can happen to them until it does.”

Dylan Bradley: 817-390-7984, @dbradley1220