The first day of fall was Sept. 23 and a cold front is expected to hit North Texas Sunday night, but the area just set another heat record for 2023.
The temperature gauge at DFW International Airport hit 101 degrees a little after 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the Star-Telegram’s news partner WFAA. That temperature breaks the previous Sept. 24 record of 99 degrees back in 1907.
Sunday’s heat record also just secured September 2023 the No. 1 spot for the most 100-degree days in September on record for Dallas-Fort Worth, with eight days above the 100-degree mark.
So far in 2023, DFW has hit 100-degrees or more 55 times, the fourth most all-time.
Back in August, North Texas recorded its hottest day of 2023, at 110 degrees.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in North Texas was 113 degrees in June 1980.
Severe weather expected in North Texas Sunday night
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for most of North and Central Texas Sunday until 11 p.m. Tennis ball-sized hail (about 2.5 inches) is possible. The severe storm threat is expected to last until 3 a.m.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for parts of North and Central Texas until 11 PM CDT. Main hazards will be large hail up to 2.5 inches and damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph. Frequent lightning will also be a threat. #dfwwx #ntxwx #ctxwx #txwx https://t.co/GiHCSYAtSY
— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) September 24, 2023
Despite the coming cold front, North Texas might still experience more 100-degree days in 2023. In recent years, the last 100-degree days were at the end of September, but the latest a 100-degree day was recorded in the DFW area was on Oct. 3, 1951, with a record temperature of 106 degrees.
Weather watches and warnings
A live data feed from the National Weather Service containing official weather warnings, watches, and advisory statements. Tap warning areas for more details. Sources: NOAA, National Weather Service, NOAA GeoPlatform and Esri.