For North Texans, this is the week to make sure your car and home air conditioners are working.
Temperatures are expected to reach around 97 on Monday, and all day for the rest of the week temperatures will be in the upper 90s and the the heat index will be over 100 degrees. Forecasters predict the temperature could reach 100 degrees on Friday, the first 100 degree temperature in North Texas in 2022.
“If you’re going to be out in the afternoon, take a break and drink plenty of water,” meteorologist Patricia Sanchez of the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said Monday.
Southerly winds will bring some relief on Monday and Tuesday, but forecasters say it will still be wet through Tuesday in northern Texas. The heat index can be between 100 and 105.
The the heat index is a measure of the actual heat sensation when dew points/relative humidity are factored in with actual temperature, according to the NWS in Fort Worth.
The maximum temperature on Tuesday is expected to be 98, according to the NWS.
A strengthening high pressure ridge to the west will help keep temperatures in the warm range. Fort Worth and the rest of North Texas will have a shot at hitting triple digits on Friday.
The average date for the first 100-degree day is July 1 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, according to the NWS. North Texans typically have 20 to 24 100-degree days a year, mostly during the summer.
On Friday, daytime temperatures are expected to be more than 10 degrees above normal in most parts of North Texas. The heat index will reach 105 to 110 degrees or more on Friday.
A weak cold front will arrive late Friday or early Saturday, dropping temperatures a few degrees Saturday.
NWS officials in Fort Worth noted that the high temperatures could cause heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion are thirst, profuse sweating, nausea, weakness and dizziness. Residents should move to a cooler area, loosen clothing, sip cool water and seek medical attention if symptoms do not improve.
Symptoms of heatstroke include dizziness, confusion, and loss of consciousness. Heatstroke can cause death or permanent disability.
This story was originally published June 6, 2022 10:10 a.m.