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Christmas Day in North Texas sees record-high temperature

Christmas Day was damp but warm: the high temperature of 80 degrees broke a record that has stood since 1922.
Christmas Day was damp but warm: the high temperature of 80 degrees broke a record that has stood since 1922.

If you thought it seemed a little warm for Christmas, despite the rain, you were right: Sunday’s 80 degrees was the hottest Christmas on record in North Texas, according to the National Weather Service.

“It was the hottest Christmas Day ever, since record-keeping began in 1880,” said meteorologist Juan Hernandez at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

The previous record was 78 degrees, set in 1922 and 1934.

Monday’s daytime high is expected to be 65, with partly cloudy skies. Wind speeds will also drop from 20- to 25 mph on Christmas Day to a more manageable 5 mph, according to the weather service.

North Texas is expected to stay warm during the day and through Thursday, when the forecast calls for sunny skies but highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s. The cooling trend continues Friday and Saturday — New Year’s Eve brings a 40 percent chance of showers during the day and highs around 60.

The chance for rain in the evening drops to 20 percent, with lows in the mid 40s.

New Year’s Day should be partly sunny with highs in the lower 60s and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the weather service.

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

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