People who stepped outside after 2 a.m. Tuesday to gaze at the “blood moon” lunar eclipse had to bundle up if they wanted to linger very long.
The mercury was on its way down to a low for the day of 35, which it reached at 6:16 a.m. at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. That’s 20 degrees below normal, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
But as chilly as that was, no record was broken.
The lowest temperature on April 15 in Fort Worth was 33 in 1928, according to weather service data.
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Monday’s low of 43 was recorded just before midnight, but the record low for April 14 is 35, set in 1997.
Tuesday’s weather, however, had one small distinction: The low of 35 was the coldest April temperature since April 9, 2003, when 34 was recorded.
Colder temperatures were recorded in other cities. It got down to 28 in Denton and Mineral Wells, and 31 in Burleson, said Dan Huckaby, a weather service meteorologist in Fort Worth.
The next couple of days will also be noticeably cooler, the weather service said.
High temperatures in the 60s are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, but the normal high for this time of year is 77.
Later in the week, expected highs are 75 on Friday and the upper 70s on Saturday and Sunday.
There is a 20 percent chance of rain Thursday and Friday and a 30 percent chance both Saturday and Easter Sunday, according to the weather service.