While most of North Texas may experience record heat this weekendsome areas southwest of Fort Worth can also expect isolated storms to join the temperature extremes.
The National Weather Service reported that areas like Stephenville and Cisco, and areas closer to central Texas, like Waco and Temple, could experience severe storms Saturday afternoon.
“In addition, an ozone day of action is in effect for the DFW Metroplex and surrounding counties where atmospheric conditions will be conducive to ozone production,” the weather service said. “Otherwise a warm, mostly sunny day is in store with highs in the 90s.”
Warm temperatures are expected to continue Sunday and into next week, with highs forecast to exceed 100 degrees across much of the region.
“Record temperatures will either be tied or broken next week as the heat continues in northern and central Texas,” the National Weather Service said. “Afternoon winds will increase to around 10-20 mph, gusting up to 30 mph. The forecast remains dry through the work week due to weather systems missing our region to the north. »
In Fort Worth, residents can expect highs of 100 on Sunday, with lows in the 70s. Throughout the week, temperatures are expected to remain in the 90s.
With high temperatures expected to create high energy demand, the Texas Electrical Reliability Board is asking Texans to conserve energy to avoid outages.
ERCOT said six power plants went offline on Friday afternoon and caused the loss of about 2,900 megawatts of electricity.
“With exceptionally warm weather driving record demand across Texas, ERCOT continues to work closely with the electric industry to ensure Texans have the energy they need,” said ERCOT said in a Friday press release.
They are asking Texans to set their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and to avoid the use of large appliances such as dishwashers, washers and dryers during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends. .
This story was originally published May 14, 2022 7:19 a.m.