Record winter heat sweeps North Texas

Update: Revised at 14:30 to reflect the high temperature of the environment.

This week, winter warmth is breaking records for warm weather in North Texas.

Temperatures soared to 80 degrees on Wednesday for the second day in a row, prompting a wildfire warning.

Highs at DFW International Airport reached 83 degrees on Tuesday, beating previous records of 79 degrees in 1995 and 2017, according to the National Weather Service.

The maximum temperature of the environment reached 85 degrees, surpassing the previous record of 83 degrees set in 1911.

Dry southwest winds combined with unseasonably sunny skies delayed a warm front over Dallas and Fort Worth, according to Patricia Sanchez, a meteorologist with the Fort Worth Weather Service.

And with the humidity so low, authorities have warned of an increased risk of wildfires. Crews responded to a 240-acre fire late Tuesday night in North Texas’ Montagu County. By mid-morning on Wednesday, the fire was about 85% under control. This was reported by the Texas A&M Forest Service on Twitter.

“We ask everyone to beware of wildfires,” Sanchez said. “They can spread quickly in these conditions and get out of control easily.”

The heat wave is expected to subside by Thursday morning as a weak cool Pacific front moves into north Texas. Thursday’s forecast calls for highs above the 50s.

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