Hottest Summer Ever

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 9:43am

Texas marks 69 straight days of triple digit temperatures.

It's official.

The summer of 1980 is no longer the hottest on record in north Texas.

After a run of more than 30 years, the legacy of the "Summer of '80" died just before 1 p.m. Tuesday when the temperature reached 100 degrees at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport for the 70th time this season.

The previous record of 69 days, set in 1980 of course, was tied on Monday.

A high of 100 is forecast for Wednesday, so we may set a heat record again tomorrow.

To further solidify the position of the hottest summer on record, the summer of 2011 beat the average temperature of 1980 by more than a degree when the average temperature was 89.2 degrees; in 2011 it was 90.5.

Wednesday evening a cold front is expected to bring a little relief while dropping the highs into the high-80s and low-90s for the remainder of the week.

With the last day of summer on September 23, that may be it for triple-digit days this year.

After such a brutally hot summer, it's nice to set a new record for something after our string of consecutive days over 100 was cut short at 40 -- just two days short of setting a new record -- and leaving many north Texans feeling as if suffering through all of the heat were for naught.

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