A cool-down for DFW area is on the way later this week

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Hot temperatures will stick around Monday and Tuesday, but relief — and possibly rain — are on the way.

“One more day of this hot weather and we should see some sort of a cool down,” National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Fano said.

The high Monday was 100, and the same is expected today, according to the weather service.

Tonight, the rare August cool front is expected to arrive and should keep temperatures below 90 on Wednesday and in the low 90s through the weekend.

How cool it gets on Wednesday will likely depend on the amount of rainfall Tuesday night and Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh.

Forecasters are anticipating an average of a half-inch across the Dallas-Fort Worth area but those amounts could vary greatly.

“It really depends if you’re right under a cell or on the edge of one,” Cavanaugh said.

Most areas got little or no rain Sunday night, but areas that got storms also saw damage.

Lightning struck three homes in Keller, and the storms also caused scattered power outages across Tarrant and Dallas counties.

The most serious damage was reported Sunday evening in the 1000 block of Bourland Road, where a two-story house sustained heavy fire and damage to the attic and second floor, and water damage to the first floor. No one was injured, but it took firefighters until 1:15 a.m. Monday to put out that fire, said Keller Fire Chief David Jones.

He estimated damage to the home was between $600,000 and $700,000.

Lightning strikes also caused electrical damage at houses in the 700 block of Richmond Lane and the 1600 block of Lismore Court.

The estimated damages for the home on Richmond Lane is $10,000, Jones said. A damage estimate for the house on Lismore Court was not available late Monday, Jones said.

There were six calls about lighting strikes from two separate storms, Jones said. The first round came around 9 p.m. Sunday and more strikes were reported around 11 p.m.

“We haven’t had a rash of lightning strikes like this in some time,” Jones said. “It isn’t unusual to see one every now and then but I can’t recall the last time we had something like this.”

Power had been restored by Monday morning in Tarrant and Dallas counties, according to Oncor.

Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698 Twitter: @fwhanna

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