After a weekend of near-record highs, temperatures more in line with October are on the way.
A cold front should drop temperatures to the mid-50s Tuesday night, a welcome relief after highs of 88 Saturday and Sunday, said meteorologist Jason Dunn with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
Saturday’s high of 88 at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport just missed tying the record high of 89 for Oct. 25. The record for Oct. 26 is 92.
And while Monday’s high is expected to reach 86, Tuesday’s cold front should make for a near-perfect Halloween later in the week, Dunn said.
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Highs for Tuesday through Friday are expected to be in the mid-70s, dropping into the mid-50s at night, which reflects October’s average temperature, he said.
But the cooler temperatures are not expected to be accompanied by rain.
Since Sept. 1, rain has been sparse. Despite an Oct. 3 thunderstorm that ripped through North Texas, D/FW Airport has seen only 2.15 inches since Sept. 1 — 3.90 inches below normal.
“It’s still a little dry, but not as dry as it was,” Dunn said referring to last month, the driest September on record.
Halloween by the numbers
29 degrees in 1993, the chilliest on record
3.63 inches of rain in 1981, the wettest on record
89 degrees in 1934, 1938 and 1977, the hottest on record
Source: National Weather Service.