Spring-like temperatures are returning to Dallas-Fort Worth just in time to ring in 2023.
This warming trend comes not long after a cold front moved through the region, bringing sub-freezing temperatures, snow flurries, and hard freezes, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
This cold front was part of a much larger historic winter weather system that brought arctic conditions to the northern United States. This system disrupted holiday air travel, knocked out power for thousands, and dropped temperatures, coinciding with numerous fatalities.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Fort Worth reported on Tuesday that temperatures heading toward the new year would rise into the 60s and 70s.
The NWS predicts a high of 70 degrees on New Year’s Eve with a low of 50 degrees for the region. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 72 degrees Fahrenheit on New Year’s Day.
The NWS in Fort Worth told The Dallas Express that these temperatures are higher than normal for this time of year, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. The temperatures would be a spring back from the unseasonably cold weather experienced by North Texas over the holiday weekend.
“For DFW our average high has been in the upper 50s and our lows are in the mid-30s for this time of year. So we’ll be above average for both our highs and lows,” said Hunter Reeves with the NWS in Fort Worth.
The highest recorded temperature in North Texas for New Year’s Eve occurred in 1951 with a high of 85 degrees. The lowest occurred in 1946 at 25 degrees.
Chances of rain will return by Thursday with the possibility of some severe storms east of I-35. The NWS anticipates some scattered severe storms, but no widespread severe storm systems as experienced earlier this month.
Moisture will return by January 1, preceding the next cold front, which will arrive on January 2.