Zack's Weather Facts: Heat comparison

Even though summer officially ends next week, that doesn't mean the summer-feel can't last a little longer.

We're way past the average date of the last 100 degrees day. We usually get our last 90 degrees day during the second week of October, but we've had isolated 90 degrees days late in the year like in 1955 when we hit 90 on Christmas.

This year we ended up above average in the triple digit department but we're still shy of the average number of 90 degrees days.

The very rainy spring and early summer delayed the extreme heat. If we didn't get above average rainfall from March to June, we would have rivaled the sizzling summers we've seen in the past decade.

In fact, we experienced the third lowest triple-digit tally in the last eight years. Considering the last several summers, this one was pretty mild.

We may have a delay in the fall weather. The second half of September will be warmer than average for Texas and much of the country.

The impacts of El Niño will start to kick in from October to December, producing more cloudy and rainy days, leading to more cooler than average weather.

Meteorologist Zack Shields can answer weather questions at or check him out on Twitter and Facebook.

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