Dallas-Fort Worth has been lucky this month.
North Texas is typically sweltering by July, but high temperatures have been below normal.
The average high temperature this month in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through Wednesday has been 94 degrees, according to the National Weather Service — 1.6 degrees below average. Last July, the average high was a whopping 100 degrees.
On Thursday morning, the temperature at DFW International Airport dipped to 67 degrees — just two degrees from breaking a record low for the day set in 1915. At Denton Enterprise Airport, the low temperature hit 61.
So what’s to blame — or thank — for the milder weather?
This week, North Texans can thank a rare cold front that moved through the area on Monday, dropping temperatures and lowering humidity levels.
Usually the latest Dallas-Fort Worth will see a cold front is late June, according to Bianca Villanueva, a weather service meteorologist.
As for the rest of the month, weather service meteorologist Patricia Sanchez said North Texans can be thankful a high-pressure system hasn’t lingered over the area for too long.
Normally an area of high pressure builds over North Texas in the summer, allowing temperatures to rise.
“Usually that’s when we get very high temperatures,” Sanchez said. “This year the high pressure — at least the last few weeks — has mostly been to the west.”
This July has also been cooler thanks to the above- average rainfall Dallas-Fort Worth recorded in the spring, Sanchez said. On average from March to June, the area records 15.25 inches of rain. This year Dallas-Fort Worth saw 21.04 inches during those months.
The extra rain increased soil moisture, which has helped keep the area cooler, Sanchez said.
The below-normal temperatures won’t last long, according to KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Samantha Davies. Highs are expected to rise into the mid-90s over the weekend and upper 90s by next week, she said.
“Next week our typical summertime heat returns,” Davies said. “Heading into the weekend, you’ll notice humidity levels starting to return as well.”