Official temperature records have been kept in the city of Dallas, Texas since 1898. These are the all-time record hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in Dallas since 1898.
Comparing the record hottest and coldest temperatures in Dallas to the record hottest and coldest temperatures in the state of Texas, shows that Dallas has a milder climate than the extremes in the Lone Star State.
The difference between the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in Dallas is 121 degrees. The difference between the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in the state of Texas is 143 degrees; a significant total difference of 22 degrees.
All-time Hottest Temperature Ever Recorded in Dallas is 113 Degrees
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the city of Dallas, Texas is 113 degrees, which occurred on consecutive days, June 26th and June 27th, in 1980. Dallas experienced a very hot spell in the summer of 1980, as it was also 112 degrees on June 28th, and 110 degrees on July 2nd and July 18th of that year.
As anyone who lives in the Dallas area can attest, 100 degree days in the city are not an uncommon event, especially in the months of June, July, August and September. Since 1898, nearly every date in those four months in any given year has seen at least one year when the temperature was 100 degrees or hotter.
The earliest 100 degree date in Dallas history is March 9th, and the latest date in the year when it was 100 degrees in Dallas is October 3rd. So for roughly six months out of the year, it can reach or exceed 100 degrees in Dallas, Texas.
- All-time Hottest Temperature Ever Recorded in Texas is 120 Degrees
The all-time hottest temperature in the state of Texas is 120 degrees, which occurred on August 12, 1936 in Seymour. The year 1936 was a very hot one in the United States, as 15 states recorded their all-time hottest temperatures that summer.
The difference between the all-time hottest temperature in Dallas (113) and the all-time hottest temperature in the state of Texas (120) is seven degrees. Not a huge difference, but one that is still statistically significant.
All-time Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded in Dallas is -8 Degrees
The all-time coldest temperature ever recorded in Dallas, Texas is -8 degrees, which occurred on February 12, 1899.
Below zero temperature days are extremely rare in Dallas, as there have only been four such days since 1898. In addition to the record -8 degree day, it was also -2 degrees in Dallas on January 1, 1949, and -1 degrees on both January 18, 1930, and December 23, 1989.
- All-time Coldest Temperature Ever Recorded in the State of Texas is -23 Degrees
The coldest temperature ever recorded in the state of Texas is -23 degrees, which occurred on February 8, 1933, in the city of Seminole. Country music stars Larry Gatlin and Tanya Tucker were both born in Seminole, which is located in west Texas near the New Mexico border.
Most people consider Texas to be a generally hot place, but as I can personally attest, it can get pretty cold in parts of the Lone Star State. I was visiting Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas with friends one time in early November, and as we entered the park it started snowing. We did not expect snow in Texas at any time, and certainly not in early November.
The difference between the all-time coldest temperature in Dallas (-8) and the all-time coldest temperature in the state of Texas (-23) is 15 degrees. That is a little more than double the difference between the all-time hottest temperatures in Dallas and the state of Texas.