While no records appear in jeopardy, weather forecasters expect a string of cooler days with plenty of rain chances through Thursday.
“I’m not going to complain about it,” said meteorologist Juan Hernandez at the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. “Some areas could see 2 to 3 inches and maybe up to 4 inches by Thursday.”
A flash flood watch was issued for North and East Texas through Monday evening. On Sunday evening a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect; the weather service observed 51 mph winds at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth and 53 mph at the Granbury airport. About 12,000 homes were without power in Tarrant and Parker counties, according to Oncor’s website.
Storms and heavy rain elsewhere in Texas and surrounding states caused damage overnight Saturday.
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A rare late summer tornado smashed into a shopping district of Tulsa early Sunday just hours after it was packed with people, sending more than two dozen people to hospitals — including two with life-threatening injuries — many of them from restaurants that were either preparing to close or were still open.
No deaths were reported from the EF2-rated tornado that struck shortly after 1 a.m. in the midtown area of Tulsa, according to city spokeswoman Kim Meloy.
Also Saturday, thunderstorms packing winds of nearly 70 mph rolled through part of the Texas Panhandle and tore down about 40 utility poles in Pampa. Police said nobody was hurt.
Weather service meteorologist Douglas Weber said 67 mph winds were recorded near Pampa, 50 miles northeast of Amarillo. Forecasters believe a possible microburst caused residential damage including fences blown over.
But back to that rain forecast for Dallas-Fort Worth. Generally, a high pressure system hovers over North Texas in August, baking the area and preventing much rain.
But that high pressure system is not here, and the weak cold front that arrived Sunday was expected to stall, producing showers and thunderstorms for the next several days.
Average rainfall in August in North Texas is 1.91 inches, according to the weather service. The record is 10.33 inches in 1915.
After a 98-degree afternoon Sunday, showers and thunderstorms began popping up to the west of Fort Worth.
“The threat of severe storms goes down on Monday, but there could be some heavy rainfall,” Hernandez said. “It’s just going to be round after round of rain.”
Forecasters are calling for a 70 percent chance of rain Monday with temperatures in the mid-80s. And the Monday morning drive to work is expected to be soggy.
It’s the same forecast for Tuesday as rain chances remain high.
There’s a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday with daytime highs of 88 degrees.
From Thursday to Saturday, the rain chances go down to 20 percent.
Here’s a look at this summer’s weather, as recorded at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport:
13.03 inches of rain since June 1, which is 6.87 above normal and the third wettest start to a meteorological summer on record.
6 100-degree days this summer.
18 average number of 100-degree days each summer.
102 degrees on July 28, hottest day of the year.
Staff writer Ryan Osborne contributed to this report, which includes material from The Associated Press.