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We started a run of 80° weather today. The official high at DFW was 81°, the warmest day in the last ten. It was quite the jump in temperatures; the morning low got all the way down to the low 50′s.

This April has been cooler than average; despite that the last two days will end with afternoon highs in the upper 80′s. It’ll be mostly sunny with high humidity and breezy south winds.

The real story is what is ahead in the first days of May. Wednesday we’ll see some cloud cover by afternoon; highs will get into the low 80′s.

Then comes a dramatic change. A cold front arrives in the early morning on Thursday. Ahead of it there’ll be a decent rain chance in the left half of our area, from Forth Worth and Cleburne to the west.

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The rain chances continue across north Texas as the front sweeps through as well as behind it. By afternoon the storm chances push east:

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This is a strong cold front. Just compare the afternoon temperatures on Wednesday to where they’ll be a mere 24 hours later:

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Winds on Thursday will be out of the northwest at 25-30 mph with gusts in the 40 mph range.  By Friday morning the lows will get down to the low 40′s, right now we are forecasting a low at DFW Airport of 41° which would tie a record low.

We’ll warm up nicely, highs by next weekend will get into the mid 70′s.

KTVT 7DAY MASTER