Triple-Digit Heat on the Way

Texans are about to get their first dose of scorching triple-digit heat this year.

NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock forecasts summer-like temperatures will arrive this week, with highs reaching 100 degrees on Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologists said a large ridge of high pressure will build over Texas this week, bringing summer-like temperatures close to 100 degrees in much of the state. Heat indexes in some areas could climb to 105.

Meteorologist Victor Murphy said the only part of the state that might avoid the sweltering heat is South Texas.

Murphy said the heat should abate over most of the state by Friday, though in DFW the high is still forecast to be 99 degrees.

It isn't that unusual to have 100-degree heat in June. June 30 is the average date in the Dallas-Fort Worth area when the mercury climbs to triple digits.

Unofficial numbers show that rainfall statewide so far for 2013 will be about an inch below normal, while temperatures ran about normal.

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