Published July 03, 2013
Temperatures are forecast to return to close to average for the Fourth of July around the Metroplex and across much of Texas.
This pattern will change in time for Independence Day celebrations across the Dallas area. It will be warmer than the past few days with a high forecast to be in the lower 90s, but AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will approach the 100-degree mark.
The nights will not be so cool through the weekend.
With the heat, fireworks spectators going to Fair Park and Cotton Bowl Stadium should remember to drink plenty of water and remain in the shade as much as possible during the afternoon.
When the festivities to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence begin at 4:30 p.m. in Fair Park, temperatures will still be hovering in the low 90s. As bands play leading up to the fireworks at 9:30 p.m., temperatures will drop into the low 80s under clear skies. The viewing conditions for the fireworks should be good as a light breeze will help to clear away some of the smoke.
For those planning a cookout over the weekend, rain-free conditions are in store with a mix of brilliant sunshine and clouds each day. People traveling into and out of the Dallas area should expect no weather-related delays.
While parts of the West have felt record-breaking heat during the past week, parts of Texas have had record-breaking chill in recent nights.
Due to a northerly flow and clear skies at night, many locations have set record-low temperatures across the Lone Star State. Dallas missed the record low of 65, set in 1943, by 1 degree Tuesday morning. Some locations have experienced early morning lows approaching the average low for this time of year in Minneapolis, Minn.
The temperatures during much of this past week were the result of a rather extreme weather pattern for early July over much of the nation.
The combination of high pressure over the West and low pressure in the East has allowed cooler air to funnel into Texas and surrounding areas. Even though it has been cool in many locations at night, daytime high temperatures were just below average.
Story written by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg.