Monday, July 1, 2013
Cooler weather will bring about a pleasant July 4 week
The National Weather Service is forecasting a low of 66 Tuesday morning — that's chilly!
For days, forecasters have been predicting highs in the upper 80s for Monday and Tuesday of this week. And Nick Hampshire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, is sticking to that: “I really think it will stay in the 80s,” he says Monday morning, thanks to a high-pressure system to our west and a low to the east.
It wasn’t so long ago we started July in the 80s: Just three years ago we hit 89 on this date.
“But there was rain that day,” Hampshire reminds. “A trace, but there was rain. It’ll be sunny today,” which makes the likely high that much more unusual. And it’s going to stay cool — or relatively cool, at least, given the time of year — for the foreseeable future, as highs aren’t expected to pass 91, 92 through the week, including July 4.
“We’re not really going to get a return of high pressure aloft that heats us into the 100s,” says Hampshire, “so we should should stay in the lower 90s for the next week.”
Incidentally, the coolest July 1 in Dallas-Fort Worth history was 80 degrees. That was 110 years ago.
But we are flirting with one record: The National Weather Service is forecasting a low of 66 Tuesday morning — one degree away from the coolest-ever start to July 2. “That one’s possible,” says Hampshire. (Not possible: hitting the all-time record low for July, which is, amazingly, 56.)
Also possible is some rain by Sunday, when an upper-level low is expected to pass through the area.