Rain, cooler temps come to area

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Umbrellas and rain gear were in fashion on the University of North Texas campus during the rains Monday in Denton.

Heat and humidity may have had its last gasp aswobbly fronts pulled a tropical air mass into North Texas over the weekend thatleft enough moisture behind to trigger showers on Sunday and Monday.

A summer of higher-than-normal temperatures andlower-than-normal precipitation will continue its long, slow slide this week.Meteorologists expect enough rain and cooling to green things up a little, butnot enough to create flooding concerns, according to Dennis Cavanaugh of theNational Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Nor will the rain offer much in the way of droughtrelief. Rainfall in Denton County is about 4 inches behind for the year,Cavanaugh said. Most of North Texas remains in moderate to severe drought, withDenton County in severe drought, according to the latest data reported in theU.S. Drought Monitor.

October is typically one of the wetter months ofthe year, Cavanaugh said, with an average of 4 inches of precipitation.

Although flash floods in Central Texas and the HighPlains created problems for residents there on Sunday, only a small amount ofrain fell in Denton County, ranging from 0.05 inches at Ray Roberts Lake to 0.3inches in Roanoke. By noon Monday, .44 inches fell at Denton EnterpriseAirport. Overall, meteorologists expect 1-2 inches to fall by the time rain endslater today.

Clouds will linger Wednesday with the morning lowin the lower 70s, Cavanaugh said.

That morning low is likely to be the daytime high,as temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day Wednesday.

“It could be in the upper 50s, with a breezy northwind, by the time people leave work,” Cavanaugh said.

Clouds will begin to clear out Thursday, leavingbehind sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s, he said.

PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.

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