Chances are good that North Texans will need the shorts and sandals that were put away a few weeks ago.
Unseasonably warm temperatures will be around for the next few days and North Texas could see a near record high on Friday.
“Normally, temperatures should be around 58 or 59 degrees during the day this time of year,” said meteorologist Jamie Gudmestad at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth on Tuesday. “In the next few days, we are going to see them 10 to 15 degrees warmer.”
A warmer air mass north of Texas that will be around for the rest of the week is helping keep temperatures warm.
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At 2 p.m., it was 72 degrees at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, according to the NWS office in Fort Worth.
The high on Wednesday should be 70 degrees and it will be about 75 degrees on Thursday with mostly sunny conditions.
On Friday, forecasters are calling for daytime temperatures of 78 or 79 degrees, near record highs. The record for Dec. 11 is 80 degrees set in 1938 and again in 1996, according to NWS statistics.
But a cold front arrives this weekend, bringing chances of rain.
There’s a 20 percent chance of rain Friday night, increasing to 50 percent Saturday and 60 percent Saturday night, according to the NWS.
The daytime temperature for Saturday will be in the lower 70s. After the cold front comes through Saturday, the high temperature on Sunday should be in the upper 50s.