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Warm Christmas temps will linger through the week

Mild weather is on tap for Monday in DFW after a record high on Christmas Day — good news for visitors to Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth.
Mild weather is on tap for Monday in DFW after a record high on Christmas Day — good news for visitors to Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth. Star-Telegram

North Texans will have to keep those sandals and shorts around for a few more days, as Mother Nature will keep it mild.

In addition, no severe weather was expected Monday — a year ago on Dec. 26, 12 tornadoes cut across eight North and Central Texas counties, killing 13 people.

Nor will there be any record daytime temperatures like the one Sunday, when it reached 80 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, breaking the high-temperature record for Christmas Day. The old record was 78 degrees, set in 1922 and 1934, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

“The sky cleared and we had strong southwest winds bringing in warmth from the Gulf [of Mexico],” meteorologist Dennis Cain said. “We’ll stay with above-normal temperatures until Wednesday, and after that the temperatures should be about normal for this time of year.”

Daytime temperatures will be in the lower 60s on Tuesday and in the mid-70s on Wednesday. After that, temperatures will cool to 55 on Thursday and Friday.

The New Year’s holiday weekend will feature a high of 60 on Saturday and may be in the upper 40s on Saturday night. Rain chances will return New Year’s Day with a high of 62.

The tornadoes that hit a year ago in North and Central Texas counties were noteworthy on several accounts, according to the NWS office:

▪ The Dec. 26, 2015, tornado outbreak ranks third in the number of tornadoes confirmed in a 24-hour period in December in North Texas.

▪ The Sunnyvale-Garland-Rowlett tornado was the first killer December tornado in Dallas County.

▪ That twister ranks No. 1 in terms of highest-rated and deadliest in Dallas County for December (rated EF4; 10 killed).

▪ The Midlothian-Ovilla-Glenn Heights tornado was the first confirmed EF3 in December in Ellis County.

▪ The Copeville tornado was the first confirmed EF2 tornado in December in Collin County.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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