Heat Wave Hits Dallas, Expect it to Continue
On August 8, 2015, Dallas broke a record for the longest period of triple-digit heat since 2013.
But how hot will it get? That depends on where you live. On average, the United States has warmed 1.2 degrees since 1984, according to the analysis of the National Climatic Data Center. The Southwest and Northeast are heating up the fastest. Residents of New Mexico are experiencing summer highs of about 3.4 degrees higher than in 1984. North-easterners have gained about 2.5 degrees in the same time period.
Here in Texas, average summer temperatures have risen about 2.8 degrees since 1984. Fort Worth ranked 36 on USA Today’s 2015 list of hottest American cities, with an average summer temperature of 83.5 degrees. Dallas came in 25th with an average summer temperature of 85.1.
How Hot Will Dallas Get?
But researchers predict that we’ll have about 150 sunny, 90-plus degree days annually by 2100.
Dryness drives the Southwest’s warming trend. The lack of water makes both air and ground temperatures heat up faster. Heat and drought feed off each other, perpetuating a vicious cycle.
Only one state in the continental U.S. hasn’t gotten warmer since 1984: North Dakota. Go figure!
Texas’ increasing heat will wallop residents with more cases of heat-related health issues, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, and higher electricity bills. Increased migration to Dallas may also strain the health system. Do those people from mountain states and the Northeast understand what they’re in for?
Thank goodness for air conditioning. Prepare your home for this warming trend by getting an annual AC check-up. Our certified HVAC technicians at Lex Air will test your system to make sure it’s running correctly and efficiently. This saves you money and gets you ready to face that 150-day streak of temperatures in the upper 90s.