Compared to some of the frigid temperatures of the past few days, the balmy Christmas Eve on Saturday afternoon seemed almost like summer.
The National Weather Service website showed a reading of 75 degrees about 2 p.m. Saturday as activity on the recently bustling Austin Avenue was winding down. The sun broke through the overcast skies only briefly, but meteorologist Matt Stalley of the NWS in Fort Worth said a few more sun rays could be expected in coming days.
A chance of rain is in the forecast at least until Wednesday, though, with temperatures climbing into the 70s every day but Tuesday, when the expected high is 59 degrees. Christmas Day’s expected high is 76 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of rain.
Donna Davis, a salesperson at the variety store Cameron Trading Co., said the store had good business Thursday and Friday, and traffic continued strong through Saturday morning. It had dropped off by midafternoon, though, as Austin Avenue was almost empty of shoppers and many businesses were closed for Christmas Eve.
“It’s been good, but I really think there’s more activity when the air is a little brisk,” Davis said. “That energizes people.”
All over McLennan and surrounding counties, police agencies reported mist and fog in the morning, with the ground drying out under overcast skies in the afternoon. No one reported significant rainfall or other weather-related events.
The Texas Department of Public Safety communications station in Waco reported only an average amount of traffic accidents despite rain-slick roads.
The record high temperature for Christmas in Waco was 91, recorded in 1955. The record low was 7 degrees, recorded in 1983.