Record Hottest and Driest September

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If you live here in DFW, you know that this past month of September was hot and dry. But in fact, it was a record setter. Of the 30 days in the month, 29 were above normal, and 23 were 95 degrees or hotter. Only one day all month was below normal. That is because Tropical Storm Imelda moved up through east Texas. While it produced 20 to 30 inches of rain there, DFW saw only a sprinkle; not even enough to measure. But the cloud cover kept our high to just 82 on September 19.

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September 2019 was the driest ever, with only a trace of rain all month. But one year ago, September 2018 was the wettest ever, with more than 12.5 inches of rain. All that rain kept it cool that month, with an average high temperature of 85.4. By contrast, September 2019 was a full 10 degrees hotter, with an average high temperature of 95.4.

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But we do finally have hope for change as we enter October. We should see a weak cold front by Thursday afternoon, knocking temperatures down a few degrees on Friday. And an even stronger cold front will arrive by Sunday evening. As a result, much of next week will see temperatures dropping much closer to normal. As we look ahead to October, The normal temperatures are much more pleasant, dropping into the 70s by the middle of the month.

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