Tuesday sets DFW record for lowest high temperature

OK, that was really cool.

On Tuesday, the series of weather events continued with a bracingly chilly day. The high temperature at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport reached only 59, and that came in the evening after the sun came out from behind the clouds.

That set a record for the lowest high temperature for April 28. The previous mark was 61 in 1932.

And it was cooler than that for most of the overcast day. The day’s low was 52 at 10:16 a.m. (That, however, was not a record: The record low for April 28 was 42 in 1979.)

The cool streak was expected to continue overnight with a low early Wednesday in the upper 40s.

We’ll have to turn on the air conditioners soon, though. Temperatures in the 70s and 80s will start Wednesday and continue through Monday, said Pete Delkus, chief meteorologist with Star-Telegram media partner WFAA.

“There is pretty nice weather for the rest of this week. Go wash your car,” Delkus joked.

The drop in temperature was attributed to a cold front that arrived Monday night, sending temperatures into the mid-50s by midnight, said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

On Tuesday morning, light rain fell between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

In other weather news Tuesday, the weather service altered the tornado count for Sunday night. Eleven tornadoes are now confirmed — five in Rio Vista and the others in Erath and Hill counties.

All were 65 mph to 85 mph, classified as weak.

Delkus said consistent severe weather usually slows down once temperatures reach the high 90s. That’s not in sight yet.

Wednesday afternoon’s forecast is for a high of 75 with sunny skies and no rain.

Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.

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