By BRAD KELLAR
Greenville recorded its first official triple-digit high temperature of the year Friday, but it will be a while before it sees another one.
An unusually powerful summertime cool front is expected to cross into the region, dipping temperatures significantly and bringing at least a few slight chances of rain. Local drought conditions continue to worsen, as the danger of grass and wild fires increases.
The temperature at Majors Field Municipal Airport in Greenville climbed to 100 degrees at 3:15 p.m. Friday and stayed there until 4:35 p.m., before dropping down to 99 degrees.
Winds from the north northeast were supposed to enter North Texas overnight, with gusts as high as 20 mph, with today’s expected high near 96 and a low around 70 tonight.
The big changes occur Sunday, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms forecast for the afternoon, a high temperature near 89 and with winds gusting out of the north as high as 20 mph. The low Sunday night is expected to dip to 64 degrees.
There is another slight chance of rain to start the work week Monday, with a high expected near 86 degrees.
The latest edition of the United States Drought Monitor for the State of Texas revealed that all but the northeast corner of Hunt County is listed as being under “moderate” drought conditions.
The recent lack of rainfall has meant the levels on Lake Tawakoni are dropping faster. The reservoir recorded a mark of 431.96 feet as of Friday evening, down almost six feet from the lake’s pool elevation of 437.5 feet.
Area fire departments have battled multiple grass and brush fires in recent days and the county’s fire officials are urging the public to use extreme caution when using fireworks because of the dry conditions. The use of fireworks is illegal inside the City of Greenville, as well as inside all of the incorporated cities within Hunt County. However, their use is permitted in the unincorporated areas.
The county is not currently under a burn ban, although there are still certain restrictions to outdoor burning. The burning of household trash is only permissible during daylight hours and the wind speed cannot be greater than 23 mph. Natural materials, such as brush and limbs can be burned, but not treated or painted lumber. No prohibited material — including but not limited to rubber, plastics, wire, insulation and furniture — can be burned, and a responsible person must be present during active burning.