Denton and the surrounding areas can expect to hit triple digits starting Wednesday and going through next Tuesday, with little chance of rain.
According to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, the coming week will see highs around 100, with heat indexes of around 110 expected.
“If you kind of average out all of our summers, this is typically the hottest time of the summer for the general area,” said Cindy Elsenheimer, a meteorologist with the weather service.
With the triple-digit heat, that also impacts how hot it feels like.
“It’s going to feel like it’s about 105 to 110 across the area,” Elseneheimer. “It looks like that’s going to continue each afternoon. It doesn’t look like it changes too much even through the weekend.”
The weather service has issued a heat advisory for North Texas, including Denton County, from noon Wednesday through 7 p.m. Thursday.
Denton and the Dallas-Fort Worth area have experienced only one 100-degree day this year, on July 30, Elsenheimer said.
“There’ll be a few places that maybe are a few degrees lower or a few degrees higher,” Elsenheimer said. “But it’ll be about 100 average across the area and it’ll feel warmer than that.”
In terms of air quality, Denton was under an ozone alert Tuesday, and Elsenheimer said the air quality alert “probably going to continue through the week as well.”
Along with the high heat, there is little chance for rain in the next week. Tuesday brought the area’s only chance for rain in the week, Elsenheimer said, and those chances were low anyway.
“That’s really our only chance all the way through probably all the way through next week, too,” she said Tuesday.
She said it’s been a fairly typical summer for the area.
“We’ve been a little slow on hitting the 100-degree mark, but I think overall, temperatures have been pretty close to average this year,” Elsenheimer said.
To stay cool, Elsenheimer recommends drinking water, taking breaks and limiting exposure to the sun.
“Make sure to listen to your body, if you’re not feeling well or you’re feeling faint,” she said. “Try to stay inside. Take care of your pets, too.”
The Salvation Army’s Denton shelter, 1508 E. McKinney St., is open nightly from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. with a dinner for shelter clients at 6 p.m. and a community dinner at 6:30 p.m. The shelter has a 10 p.m. curfew. The Salvation Army also has a cooling station, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering hydration and a cool environment to anyone who may need it. More information about the Salvation Army’s cooling stations can be found at https://bit.ly/2YLyEUU.
The Monsignor King Outreach Center, 300 S. Woodrow Lane, will open at 6:30 p.m. any day the temperature gets to 100 or above, executive director Betty Kay said.
“If they come earlier, I usually let them in earlier if I’m there,” she said. “And I’ll stay open a little later in the morning so they’re not out so early and that way, I’ll open just in time for them to go to Our Daily Bread.”
Our Daily Bread, the nonprofit soup kitchen located at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St., serves lunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday.
Denton has cooling stations in place in case the temperature reaches triple digits, located at various recreation centers, libraries and fire stations around the city. A full list of the cooling stations can be found at https://bit.ly/2GQi8ss.