North Texas window open for rain Sunday, Monday

06/06/2014 10:31 AM

06/06/2014 10:32 AM

Hopefully you’ll need an umbrella on your way to work Monday morning.

Forecasts call for a 60 percent chance of rain Sunday night through Monday afternoon. The storm system could drop a half-inch to an inch on the Fort Worth area and even more to the north, said Jennifer Dunn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Dunn said the upper-level ridge that is sitting on North Texas should be weakening, which will open the weather window for storm systems from the north.

There’s a slight chance of showers Sunday morning, but “our best chances are going to be Sunday night through Monday,” she said.

The systems should also bring lower temperatures and keep triple-digit heat away for at least a week.

On average, the first day of at least 100 degrees is June 30. Last year’s first was June 27.

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport has received only 7.33 inches of rain this year, 9.65 inches below normal. Last month, DFW received 3.40 inches, 1.50 inches below normal.

So far, 2014 is the sixth-driest year on record from January to May. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of North Texas in extreme drought, while areas to the northwest are in exceptional drought.

Lake levels are dangerously low regionwide.

“At this point, any rain is much-needed,” Dunn said. “But it’s not going to be enough to have a significant impact on lakes.”

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