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The dog days of summer are about to get slightly cooler in North Texas.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth predicts highs in the low 90s starting Thursday through the weekend. Those are arguably comfortable temperatures compared to the sweltering triple-digit days we’ve endured this summer.  

NOAA has released the latest State of the Climate report, its annual checkup on our planet.

So, how did Earth fare in 2017?

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere: record highs. Global surface temperature: near-record high. Sea surface temperature: near-record high. Global sea level: highest on record.

Take a rapidly growing state, add a scorching heat wave, and you have a recipe for historically high electricity use. So it was that Texas broke the record for power demand three times in the last week. Through it all, the state’s electric grid operated without major disruption.

That success nevertheless revealed some interesting things about the ways we generate and consume electricity.

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Think this record-breaking heat is tough for you? Imagine what it's like for pregnant moms like Rebecca Maberry — and me. 

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The National Weather Service posted heat advisories and warnings from the New Mexico-Texas border eastward to parts of Alabama — Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and west Tennessee.

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Thursday was a record-breaking kind of hot in North Texas: Dallas reached 108, beating the 93-year-old record for the date and making it the hottest day so far of 2018. Wichita Falls hit a searing 111.

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North Texans should prepare for a full week of triple-digit temperatures, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. 

Monday is expected reach 101 degrees and daytime highs should climb to 105 by the end of the week.

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Like last year, triple digits arrived ahead of schedule in North Texas.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (the location used by the National Weather Service in Fort Worth to gauge temperatures for the region) first reached 100 degrees last Friday; the high for the day was 101. 

Typically, the first 100-degree day doesn’t hit until July 1, but North Texas could see triple-digit temperatures all weekend, per the latest forecast.

While images of destruction caused by last year's battery of hurricanes are still fresh in the minds of many Americans, including those living on Puerto Rico where after six months power is not fully restored, forecasters are cautioning the public to brace themselves for another busy hurricane season.

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In Texas, where the weather is no laughing matter, it’s not an exaggeration to say storms are wreaking havoc in many parts of the state.

On Thursday, tornadoes touched down near Rockport and Refugio. KUT Ausin’s Jimmy Maas says at least three Texas communities recovering from Harvey – Holiday Beach, Seadrift, and Woodsboro – are once again picking up the pieces.

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Update, 11:25 a.m. 

It's going to be a wet Wednesday in North Texas. 

Several showers and thunderstorms are expected to produce heavy local rainfall and possible flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. 

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The official start of spring isn’t until Tuesday, but seasonal severe weather is jumping the gun.

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The rain this February didn’t quit until it made the top of the charts.

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After our day in the sun, we face strong-to-severe storms Tuesday and Wednesday in North Texas.

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An ice storm warning is in effect for several counties west of the Metroplex until midnight Wednesday.

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Updated, 7:42 a.m.

Roads around Dallas-Fort Worth are "generally clear," but drivers should still watch out for icy spots in east and southeast Dallas, KXAS-TV meteorologist Brian James says.

While North Texas was largely spared the harsh road conditions predicted Monday, folks should heed the warnings of bitter cold temperatures as they walk out the door Tuesday.

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Update, 3:45 p.m. You might have heard some talk about a certain four-letter word.

There is a chance of light sleet and possibly snow moving into the western and northwestern parts of Dallas-Fort Worth in the next few hours, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth says.

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Hurricane Harvey, which caused massive flooding in Texas, cost $125 billion, making it the most expensive U.S. disaster last year.

With hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record-high bill in 2017 for weather disasters: $306 billion.

Texas just got out of its longest cold spell in six years. Starting Sunday, parts of the state dipped below freezing and stayed there for around three days. Ice caused accidents. Snow brought delight. But one notable outcome was something that did not happen: The lights didn't go out.

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North Texas just recorded its warmest year on record.

In 2017, the average temperature in Dallas-Fort Worth was 69.8 degrees, and that beat the previous record of 69.3 degrees in 2012, the National Weather Service says.

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A powerful cold front has sent temperatures plunging across Texas as far south as the Rio Grande Valley, where the National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch through Tuesday morning.

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In North Texas, highs are expected to reach into the lower 50s on Friday. Pretty doable for a winter day, right? But in true Texas fashion, highs will take a nosedive, tumbling into the upper 20s over the next three days. And conditions are going to vary wildly.

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In North Texas, we can bet on dozens of clear and sunny days every year. But the powers that be like to throw us for a loop every once in a while with strange or even severe weather.

When that happens, use the following handful of online resources to check the local weather conditions, traffic delays and power outages.

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For all of you white Christmas hopefuls, know that a typical Dec. 25 in North Texas reaches the mid-50s with little-to-no measurable precipitation.

But as National Weather Service records show, sometimes the biggest surprise on Christmas Day can be the weather.

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Firefighters in California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties find themselves still locked in a desperate struggle with what has become the fifth-largest wildfire in modern state history. The Thomas Fire, which for a time Sunday was ratcheted down just 10 percent contained, has ticked back upward to 20 percent containment.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: November has been so hot; the Bushes didn’t vote for Trump; the latest on the church shooting; and more.

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It's right there on the map in the 2018 version of the "Old Farmer's Almanac" -- a giant snowflake covering North Texas.

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The governors of Florida and Puerto Rico have declared pre-emptive states of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 4 storm churning through the Caribbean on a westward track. The U.S. Virgin Islands also declared a state of emergency.

Forecasters say the dangerous storm also looks increasingly likely to hit the U.S. East Coast, either in South Florida or the Carolinas.

"We have established protocols for the safety of all," Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said, urging islanders to take precautions.

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For updates from Saturday, click here.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as Category 4 storm with 130 mph sustained winds near Rockport, Texas, the National Hurricane Center reported at 10 p.m. Friday. 

127 degrees in California's Death Valley. 124 degrees in Ocotillo Wells in San Diego County. 119 in Phoenix.

Parts of the Southwest and West are suffering through a heat wave, which is bringing problems beyond sweat and bad hair. Here's what's happening:

1. Airplanes can't take off

Nearly 50 flights were cancelled in Phoenix on Tuesday, as NPR's two-way blog reported. In Las Vegas, some airlines changed flights to take off in the morning when it's cooler.

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