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Skipping spring: Stage set for high temperatures throughout week

Monday may have marked the first day of spring, but it felt more like summer across parts of North Texas.

Denton hit the 90-degree mark Monday afternoon, falling in line with the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area and its record-breaking temperatures. Meteorologists say the trend should continue, at least for the next few days.

"Some people would definitely say that it will be hot," said Lamont Bain, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. "We're about 10 to 15 degrees hotter than normal for this time of year."

Bain said the possibility of rain in Denton will increase late Thursday night into Friday, bringing a 50 percent to 60 percent chance of showers and lowering temperatures into the 70s. Storms should move out of the area to make way for a dry weekend, but temperatures should begin to climb again by Sunday, Bain said.

The start of spring in North Texas also brings its fair share of pollen. According to pollen.com, Denton will see extremely high pollen counts for the rest of the week as clouds of tree pollen settle over the area. The count will hover around a red level of 11 out of a possible 12.

Dr. Sven Wust of the Lone Star Allergy and Asthma Center in Denton said he expects a prolonged allergy season this year.

"Normally, you get a respite this time of year," he said. "But because of the mild winter we've had, the trees have already started blooming. It's blending with the mountain cedar we get in the winter."

To combat the sneezing and sniffles, Wust recommends taking a daily antihistamine or steroid nasal spray that can be purchased over the counter. If the problem persists, a doctor can prescribe allergy shots or extra-strength tablets.

For more information about weather conditions, go to www.weather.gov.

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862.