Four days of 100-degree heat scorched the Dallas area, but the mercury is expected to drop below the century mark for most of this week.
Temperatures will remain in the upper 90s for the first week of September, but may hover around triple-digit levels again over the weekend.
Residents experienced 102 and 103 degrees last Thursday and Friday, respectively. Saturday's high reached 105 with poor air quality from air stagnation. Sunday's high peaked at 104. As the temperatures drop going into this week, there will be a slight break in humidity. Dew points will be around the low to mid-60s.
Dallas had 16 100-degree days in August with 105-degree days on Aug. 7 and 31.
Despite this week's forecast for sunny skies and heat, the fall forecast brings midseason severe storms to the area.
Storms, including Ana, are lining up over the northern Pacific, en route to the northwestern United States and British Columbia.
Attention in the tropics will turn to the swath from southeastern Mexico to Cuba and Florida, where a new tropical system may form late this week.
After impacting Bermuda and Newfoundland, Gonzalo will bring rain and damaging wind gusts to Europe early this week.
A storm will spin up along the New England coast at midweek and will take on characteristics of a nor'easter with drenching wind-swept rain and coastal flooding in some locations.
State College, PA (1995)
3.65" of rain.
Raleigh-Durham, NC (2000)
No precipitation since September 26th, a record long dry spell. (The month ended with only a trace of rain.)
San Salvador Island (1492)
Columbus made landfall on San Salvador Island under clear skies -- fortunately he met no hurricanes on First Voyage through March, 1493.