It’s been unusually warm this fall, and the pumpkins have noticed.
“When the sun is shining and hot, attendance is down, people get grumpy and the pumpkins nearly boil,” said Lisa Nelson, co-owner of Hall’s Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze in Grapevine.
And make no mistake, it’s been hot.
This October will go down as the warmest on record in North Texas, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.
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Through Sunday, the average October temperature has been 74.2 degrees at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, which is 6.7 degrees higher than normal. The old record was 73.5 in 1963.
Here are a few other North Texas weather superlatives from October, through Sunday (Oct. 30):
63.5 highest average low temperature, breaking the record of 63 degrees set in 1931.
56.8 average low temperature.
84.8 fourth-highest average high temperature (No. 1 is 88.4 in 1963).
78.3 normal October average high temperature.
106 degrees on Oct. 3, 1951, highest temperature ever.
34 degrees on Oct. 29, 1925, lowest temperature ever.
The good news is that after another couple of days in the 80s, temperatures should dip back into the 70s for the rest of the week.
And a cold front should move in next week.
“It looks like the overall global pattern is shifting where the Eastern half of the country will have much lower temperatures while the West Coast warms up,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cain.