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2017 Was Hot, Hot, Hot: The Hottest Year On Record In Dallas-Fort Worth

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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.

2017’s average temperature was 3.6 degrees above normal.

In North Texas, the top five warmest years have all taken place since 2006 -- those years were 2006, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2017.

(And, for the record, the weather service says it has 117 years worth of data in Dallas-Fort Worth.)

The weather service offers these other highlights from 2017 weather:

  • February was the warmest February on record, with an average of 60.6 degrees (10.7 degrees above normal).
  • March was the second warmest March on record.
  • November was the sixth warmest November on record.
  • The only month with a below normal temperature? August. 
  • North Texas set or tied nine daily record high temperatures.
Credit National Weather Service

Precipitation was near normal

Dallas-Fort Worth saw near normal precipitation, the weather service says. In 2017, Dallas-Fort Worth recorded 36.62 inches of precipitation – that’s about a half-inch more than normal. January, April, June, July, August and December saw greater-than-normal precipitation. It was drier than usual in September, October and November, as well as February, March and May. September was the driest month in 2017. 

Credit National Weather Service