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Temperatures dive as Arctic front arrives in DFW

Goodbye, Christmas shopping in flip-flops. Hello, furry boots.

An arctic front pushing through North Texas on Monday drove temperatures down into the 30s, according to the National Weather Service. Bone-chilling wind gusting as high as 30 mph will make it feel more like the 20s, said Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist with the weather service in Fort Worth.

“By the time people are getting ready for school and work Monday morning, it should feel very cold and windy,” Dunn said Sunday. “We could also see a little bit of drizzle before noon.”

At 7 a.m. Monday, the temperature at DFW Airport, the official recording station, was 36, with north winds blowing at 25 mph. High Monday is expected to be 41 at DFW Airport and 38 in Fort Worth. Low Monday night should hit the freezing point, 32 degrees.

Sunday was a different story. Warm southern winds brought the Fort Worth area a high of 79 degrees, recorded at 2:49 p.m., and a low of 61, recorded in the morning. The high was five degrees shy of the record — 84, set in 1950, according to the weather service.

Don’t get used to the cold, though. After a high in the 40s Tuesday, temperatures should hover around the 60s for the rest of the week, with a small chance of showers.

“This will be a short-lived arctic front,” Dunn said.

— Sarah Bahari

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