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Happy Monday! Consider who deserves what and why.

☁️ Today's weather: Expect a rainy, cloudy morning before highs in the mid-80s.

🎵 Sounds like: "I Had Some Help"

🎂 Happy birthday to our Axios Dallas member Peggy Prior!

💧 Situational awareness: Parts of Dallas-Fort Worth are in a flood watch through midday after yesterday's storms.

Today's newsletter is 938 country words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Long, hot summer predicted

Slather on the sunscreen and turn on the fans. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Go ahead and turn on Santana and Rob Thomas because this summer is likely going to be a hot one.

Why it matters: Texas continues to set heat records, straining the state's power grid.

  • Five of the state's 10 hottest summers have been recorded since 2011, setting a new standard for what's normal.

State of play: Many of the factors that contributed to the past two years of record-breaking summer heat are still in place, hinting at another above-average summer, according to a preliminary report from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state's power grid operator.

  • Ocean temperatures are still warmer than normal, and recent rains are expected to taper off, which could make it extra warm.

Flashback: Last year, ERCOT set 10 peak demand records and asked Texans to conserve energy eight days in August during a searing heat wave — but never had to resort to rolling blackouts.

The big picture: The ongoing El Niño event is transitioning into La Niña, which will likely bring drought conditions back to parts of Texas, ushering in more summer heat.

By the numbers: April saw some extreme swings between hot and cold. April 17 reached a high of 88 in Dallas-Fort Worth, nearly 14 degrees above average, per the National Weather Service.

  • Just three days later, the high was 63 — 11 degrees colder than average.
  • Overall, April's average temperature was 3 degrees above normal.

Yes, but: April also saw more rain than typical, with nearly 6.5 inches of precipitation recorded, above the average of 3.2 inches.

The intrigue: A dry spring typically indicates a hot summer. But last year's record heat was preceded by a rainy spring, much like this year's spring.

Not-so-fun fact

2. 🏀 🏒 Stars, Mavs both lead playoff series 2-1

Luka Dončić has powered through some pain to help the Mavs win but is questionable for tonight's game. Photo: Tim Heitman/Getty Images

The Mavericks and Stars now both lead their respective second-round best-of-seven playoff series.

Why it matters: Playoff sports are fun to watch. The pace is faster, the players are more competitive and the fans are pumped.

  • The Mavs lead 2-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Stars lead 2-1 against the Colorado Avalanche.

The intrigue: The Stars knocked out the reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Vegas Golden Knights, in the first round only to face the 2022 Stanley Cup winners, the Avs.

Logan Stankoven celebrates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche
Rookie Logan Stankoven scored twice Saturday. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Stars' stars: Veteran Tyler Seguin scored two goals in Dallas' 4-1 win Saturday. He and team captain Jamie Benn have scored five goals so far during the playoffs — matching the tally of 20-year-old Wyatt Johnston, one of the team's young standouts.

  • Rookie Logan Stankoven also scored two goals Saturday — his first two of the playoffs.

The Mavs' stars: P.J. Washington has been critical in the wins against OKC, scoring 29 points in Game 2 and 27 points in Saturday's game.

  • Luka Dončić remains the team's top scorer, averaging 27.7 points per game in the postseason.
  • Kyrie Irving trails only slightly with 23.3 points per game.

What's next: Both games are at 8:30pm. Resale tickets are available for the Mavs game at the American Airlines Center.

3. 🤠 Post Malone goes country

We hope Posty rocks these shorts at the ACMs. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Post Malone — our favorite local artist — is repping Dallas in his new music video with country star Morgan Wallen.

Why it matters: Everyone is better now that Posty is having a renaissance. The Grapevine native has been featured on the latest album releases from Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

Driving the news: Malone will perform Thursday at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Frisco.

  • The show announced performances by Malone and Noah Kahan last week. Malone is expected to perform solo, per Variety.

The big picture: Malone is wearing an iconic Dallas cap in the "I Had Some Help" video, which has more than 5.5 million views since Friday.

  • The forest green True Brvnd hat he also wore at the Super Bowl is currently sold out.

📞 Phone fact: Posty looks good in a phone booth. His latest video starts with him making a call.

  • He also uses quarters to dial someone in Taylor Swift's "Fortnight" music video.

If you go: Tickets are still available for Thursday night's awards show. Prices start above $200.

  • The show is at 7pm at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco and will air exclusively on Prime Video.

True Brvnd hat history

4. 🗞 Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

News in the neon lights. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

✈️ More than half of the flights out of DFW Airport yesterday were delayed or canceled yesterday due to storms. (DMN)

🗳 Voting rights activists protested outside the Tarrant County DA's office over the weekend because the district attorney is appealing a high court's decision to overturn Crystal Mason's illegal voting conviction. (NBC5)

👋 A Dallas assistant city manager has been named the lone finalist for the city manager role in Topeka, Kansas. (D Magazine)

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5. ☕ One roastery to go: Parks Coffee

Coffee and treats with a view. Photo: Naheed "Brown Sugar" Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

Our recent quest for coffee and wifi took us to a Carrollton roastery that has been a neighborhood staple for a long time.

  • You can observe Parks Coffee's roastery operations through glass windows while sipping on your drink.

Flashback: The Parks family started the company in the 1980s out of their Carrollton garage.

  • The roastery supplies coffee for businesses in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Louisiana and California. Photos and mugs depicting the history are set up behind the barista workspace.
A photo of a coffee roastery
Who knew coffee roasting was high-tech? Photo: Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

Pro tip: They offer on-site tours and at-home brewing classes.

What to order: The Kentucky cold brew, which has a brown sugar bourbon flavor.

Where: Parks Coffee Roastery and Cafe, 1401 Mac Arthur Drive, in Carrollton

Cost: $4.95

Six-word review: Coffee with local notes and roots.

😋 Have a favorite neighborhood spot we should try? Hit reply and let us know.

This newsletter was edited by Bob Gee and copy edited by Chris Speckhard.

Our picks:

👖 Tasha has been listening to Levii's Jeans on repeat for a month.

🤍 Naheed is watching the Fortnight music video.

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