The Dallas-Fort Worth area has already seen more than 100 degree days this year than in the previous three years, according to data from the Fort Worth National Weather Service.
And with oppressive heat expected to continue for at least next week, the region is on track to see the most 100-degree days in a year since 2013.
While most Texans are used to summer heat, 2022 has seen an unusual number of scorching days.
Here’s a look at what 100 degree weather typically looks like in North Texas.
How many 100 degree days does Dallas usually have?
Monday marked the 18th day of 100 degrees in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to the weather service.
Over the past 10 years Dallas has generally fluctuated between about 10 and 20 100 degree days each year. There have been fewer than 15 days over 100 degrees in the past three years.
The record for the most 100 degree days in a year was recorded in 2011, when 71 days were recorded. The previous record was set in 1980, with 69 days.
The record for the last decade was recorded in 2012, when 34 days were recorded.
When does the region typically reach 100 degrees?
On average, Dallas-Fort Worth first reaches 100 degrees around July 1 and experiences its last 100-degree day on August 26. according to the weather service.
The first occurrence of 100 degree weather occurred on March 9, 1911. The last occurrence was on August 23, 1989. There were no 100 degree days in 1906 or 1973.
In 2022, the region had its first 100-degree day on June 11 – the earliest since 2010, when the first day was June 5.
Dallas is already on course for summer records
The summer record was set in 1980, when temperatures reached 113 degrees on June 27, according to data from meteorological services.
For 10 years, high temperatures for summer have fluctuated between 102 and 110 degrees.
On July 8, temperatures reached 106 degrees – corresponding to the record summer temperature of 2020. The record for the last 10 summers was set in 2018 at 109 degrees.
Dallas is near records for consecutive 100-degree days
Monday marked the 8th consecutive day this year of weather of 100 degrees or more, according to weather service data.
The latest forecast calls for the region to be 100 degrees or higher until at least July 19. If true, Dallas-Fort Worth will be close to current records for longest scorching heat in a year.
The highest number of 100 degree-days occurred in 1980, when 42 consecutive days have been recorded. Forty days were recorded in 2011, followed by 29 in 1998.
There were 18 consecutive days of 100 degree weather in 1978 and 2010, and there were 19 consecutive days in 2006.