According to the National Weather Service, the Dallas/Fort Worth region experienced another record-breaking day of high temperatures on Saturday before a modest cooling trend arrived. Heat advisories are in effect from the Gulf Coast to the Southeastern US and upper Mid-South.
According to the National Weather Service, local temperatures reached 110 degrees Fahrenheit, topping the previous record for this date established in 2011 by four degrees.
According to weather service meteorologist Ted Ryan, the heat dome that has been hovering over the state since June is anticipated to depart the region soon.
A large area of eastern Texas, the majority of Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as portions of Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, and the Florida Panhandle, were under excessive heat advisories.
Due to the high temperatures and consequently high demand for electricity, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, has requested the voluntary reduction of power usage from the 30 million people of the state five times this summer.
According to its website, ERCOT has seen record high peak demand for electricity ten times since June.
Parts of Louisiana and Mississippi were also affected by the historic heat wave.
Dangerous Heat Conditions Prompt Excessive Heat Warning, Burn Restrictions
Over the whole region, peak heat-index readings between 119 and 120 degrees F are anticipated.
The city of Jackson in Mississippi was still beneath an excessive heat warning as temperatures were anticipated to reach their highest point on Saturday at 103 degrees F.
A further four million gallons of water are transported through the city’s water system each day as a result of the high temperatures, according to city officials.
To help conserve water, JXN Water is requesting that residents reduce their water usage.
In the meantime, severe fire weather conditions persisted in Louisiana, placing the whole state under an excessive heat warning and a burn restriction.
Temperatures are predicted to be a little lower for the Dallas region, which had experienced nine days with record high temperatures before Saturday.
According to Ryan, temperatures are projected to rise above 100 degrees during September, thus highs above that mark are most certainly not over.
According to Grigsby, nearby Louisiana is also expecting a little reprieve.
According to Grigsby, this will cause the temperatures to drop from 100 to 105 degrees to the lower 90s, which are more usual August temps.