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Record high temperature hit on day after Christmas

It's official. Friday's high temperature of 83 was 2 degrees higher than the previous record set on Dec. 26, 2005.

That's about 30 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year.

A storm system moving in from the Midwest began drawing warm southerly winds, which gusted as high as 35 mph, up from the Gulf of Mexico.

The wind blew away the overcast and dampness that prevailed in the morning.

"We got a break in the clouds, and that allows it to warm right up," National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Dunn said. The normal for this time of year is about 55 degrees.

But don't put the jackets away just yet. Another cold front is expected to blow in early Saturday, bringing more wind, a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and temperatures in the 50s by the afternoon and 30s overnight.

Sunday's high is expected to be in the 60s.

While much of the state will be in the 50s, 60s and 70s on Saturday, freezing temperatures are forecast for the Panhandle.

Windy weather and a 20 percent chance of morning snow was forecast for the Amarillo area, with highs in the upper 30s and lows around 12 Saturday.

There is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon in Central Texas then mostly sunny in the Austin and San Antonio areas afterward. Highs in the lower 70s and lows in the upper 30s are possible.

Along the Gulf Coast, highs are predicted in the mid 70s and lows in the lower 40s with showers and thunderstorms likely around Houston and Beaumont.

In South Texas, there's a 50 percent chance of showers in the Brownsville area with highs in the lower 80s and lows around 60.

But mostly sunny skies are expected in the El Paso area with highs in the upper 40s and lows in the 20s are predicted throughout West Texas.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

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