Huge warm-up due ahead of strong cold front this weekend

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Record highs could fall ahead of our next cold front.

It will still be cool Wednesday morning with lows in the mid 50s. Despite a mostly cloudy sky, temperatures will manage to warm back into the 70s. There is a less than 20% chance you'll get rain from those clouds.

How warm could it get before the next cold front?
We are expecting highs in the low 80s Thursday and the mid 80s Friday. The records to beat are 84 on Thursday and 83 on Friday. The all-time warmest high for December is 85-degrees from 1995. The mornings will also be unusually mild at 65 on Thursday and 72 on Friday. If our forecast low on Friday verifies, it will smash the record for the warmest low temperatures on December 10. That record currently belongs to 1983 when it only cooled off to 67-degrees.

Is there any freezing weather in sight?
Not yet! We are expecting a stronger cold front to move in Saturday morning, and we expect it to drop temperatures into the upper 30s. Assuming this forecast verifies, it will be the second latest on record Bush Airport has first dipped into the 30s. On average, Houston gets its first morning in the 30s in mid-November and its first freeze during the first week of December.

What is the forecast for the weekend?
Saturday starts off with a round of showers and thunderstorms near sunrise as our strong cold front arrives. Get ready for an upside down temperature day with mid 60s around sunrise cooling off to the mid 50s by sunset. Sunday will be sunny by cold. We should cool off into the upper 30s for the first time this season. Then temperatures will warm into the low 60s during the afternoon.

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