Dallas, Houston and other cities throughout the southern midsection of the United States are set to endure their first 100-degree day of the year this weekend.
Soaring temperatures is the theme for this weekend across the nation's southern midsection as a large dome of high pressure and heat takes up residence overhead.
Highs in the 90s will be common from Nebraska and eastern Colorado to the western Gulf Coast on today with temperatures cracking the 100-degree mark from Denver, Colo., to Dodge City, Kan., and Wichita Falls, Texas.
On Sunday, the triple-digit heat will expand significantly and encompass nearly every community from eastern Colorado and Kansas to Texas.
Sunday's 100-degree heat will be the first of the year for not only Houston and Dallas in Texas, but also Shreveport, La., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Wichita, Kan.
The triple-digit heat comes unusually early for Houston despite what happened in 2011. Houston set a record for its earliest 100-degree day on June 2 of last year, but such an occurrence typically waits until July 20 to take place and failed to occur until August 15 in 2010.
It is more common for Dallas to experience its first 100-degree day in late June. June 30 is the average day for this to occur and the city has not failed to record a 100-degree day before July the past four years.
Once firmly in place on Sunday, the triple-digit heat will continue to bake Houston, Dallas and all of Texas through at least Tuesday. Likely contributing to the heat early next week will be dry air wrapping around soon-to-be Tropical Storm Debby.
Recording three consecutive days of 100-degree heat is quite unusual for Houston. Cooling effects from the Gulf of Mexico typically hold the city's number of 100-degree days for an entire year to three.
This holiday weekend, a rare astronomical phenomenon will occur that will not be seen again until October 2015.
Severe weather and drenching downpours will affect parts of the Plains and Midwest over the Memorial Day Weekend.
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During Sunday's race, the skies will be variably cloud with the risk of a few showers.
The Memorial Day weekend was beginning nasty with wind, rain, snow and cold in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic.
Wesley, LA (1991)
Heavy rain (25th-26th) resulted in widespread flooding. One hundred-sixty homes -- 80% of the total number of houses in town -- received structural or water damage. A total of 6.5" of rain fell in 2-1/2 hours.
Tornado swarm in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan; 74 killed.
New York City (1861)
Snow was reported.