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Another hot day is in store for North and Central Texas with temperatures in the upper 90s to around 101. Today will also become increasingly hazy as dust that originated in the Sahara Desert of Africa returns to the region. A few showers and thunderstorms are possible near the Red River this afternoon. Gusty winds may accompany any storms that do develop.
It will be a scorcher this week with temperatures rising a little each day as an upper level high pressure builds over the region. Triple digit daytime temperatures will be common with warm overnight lows near 80.
Here are some heat safety tips for you, your family, and your pets! Be sure to protect your family as triple digit heat returns to the forecast! For more info: weather.gov/heat

 
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Drought Information

 


 

With inadequate late spring and early summer rainfall, drought conditions have expanded across North and Central Texas.

 


Current Drought Conditions

  

U.S. Drought Monitor

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - North and Central Texas

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - Texas

 


Fire Danger

  

With the spring growing season under way, green vegetation should prevent significant fire weather concerns.

Even if a burn ban is not in effect for your area, it is still important to be vigilant about fire usageAvoid open flames near dry vegetation, and assure all coals and embers are fully extinguished.

 

Texas Outdoor Burn Bans

Keetch-Byram Drought Index

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index is a drought statistic specifically designed to assess fire danger.

 


Water Restrictions

 

After nearly 5 years of significant water restrictions, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) began allowing twice-per-week watering on May 1, 2015.  Sprinklers and other irrigation systems are still be prohibited between 10 am and 6 pm (April 1 to October 31).  The NTMWD serves 1.6 million customers east and northeast of the city of Dallas.

In April 2014, the Fort Worth City Council made permanent its twice-per-week limit on landscape watering.  Only hand watering is allowed between 10 am and 6 pm.  Arlington, also within the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) service area, is still requesting that residents adhere to a twice-per-week watering schedule, but the formal restrictions have been lifted.  Dallas has made permanent its twice-per-week limit, but the restriction on daytime watering is limited to the warm season (April 1 to October 31).  Since water restrictions vary considerably throughout the Metroplex, residents should keep informed with the current guidelines from their municipality or water utility provider.

Voluntary conservation continues for both Waco and Temple/Killeen.  However, water restrictions remain in effect for some communities within McLennan County and Bell County.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) maintains a list of water restrictions across the state.

 


 Drought Links

 

 National Integrated Drought Information System

 National Drought Mitigation Center

  Drought Impact Reporter

  Precipitation Estimates

  Lake Levels