Warm, sunny days leading up to Christmas in North Texas

Santa should be wearing his shorts and Hawaiian shirt these next few days around here, but the big fella will need to bundle up on Christmas Day.

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s today and Tuesday with some strong winds.

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth noted that elevated fire conditions will exist this afternoon west of a Gainesville to Weatherford to Lampasas line. South winds are expected to be 15 to 20 miles per hour with gusts up to 30 miles per hour.

Dry conditions coupled with the high winds are the reasons for the fire alert.

But forecasters say a cold front arrives by midweek and temperatures will cool to the 60s during the day on Wednesday and Thursday, and then to the lower 50s on Christmas Eve.

By the time the presents are opened on Christmas morning, it will be in the upper 20s and the high should reach about 48 later in the day, forecasters said.

But there's no sign of snow.

"It'll be brown outside so that's a typical North Texas Christmas," said Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the NWS in Fort Worth.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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