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Cooler temperatures on tap for weekend in North Texas

If you've been eager to rake leaves in the yard without breaking a sweat, your time has come, if you can hang on until Thursday.

Wednesday's high was expected to be around 80, and the mercury had reached 78 by 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, however, is expected to see a "good old fashioned cold front'' that will bring cooler temperatures to North Texas.

The forecast was described by Jesse Moore, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

"The cold front moves in tomorrow around daybreak," Moore said. "The high will be in the mid 60s and then tomorrow night, we'll have an official low, probably in the low to mid 30s."

Skies will be mostly sunny through Friday, but Moore noted that temperatures might dip to freezing in areas that ring the Metroplex and tend to be a couple degrees cooler than the larger, urban communities.

Cooler temperatures will prevail through the weekend under mostly cloudy skies, with highs in the low 60s on Saturday and upper 60s on Sunday, Moore said.

Meanwhile, he added, southerly winds will spread moist air from the Gulf of Mexico across North Texas, which will bring 20-percent chances of rain on Sunday and Monday, Moore said.

Sunny skies return Tuesday with high temperatures in the mid 60s, according to the weather service.

It was too early on Wednesday to predict what the weather will be like late next week, especially on Thanksgiving Thursday.

Moore noted, however, that there is a possibility for another cold front and more moisture, which could combine to boost chances for rain.