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Searing temperatures expected in North Texas despite rain

Scattered thunderstorms swept North Texas early Friday, adding another belated gift from the remnants of Hurricane Dolly.

The rain, however, was not expected to blunt the summertime temperatures.

A heat advisory was posted by the National Weather Service for Friday through Monday evening. Triple-digits temperatures were expected, but afternoon heat indexes will make it feel like it’s 105-110 degrees outside, the weather service said.

“It really shouldn’t hinder the temperatures at all,” said Jessica Schultz, weather service meteorologist, about the morning rains.

How hot could it get for the next few days. The numbers speak for themselves.

Today: 102Saturday: 105Sunday: 107Monday: 105Tuesday: 102

It could cool down a little toward the middle of next week, the weather service predicted, with Wednesday's high forecast at 98 degrees.

Friday's thunderstorm activity kicked off around midnight with heavy thunderstorms over Fannin, Hunt and Collin Counties, Schultz said.

“We had a weak upper-level disturbance over North Texas the last couple of days and it’s still in our neighborhood,” Schultz said Friday. “The summer moisture and afternoon heating were producing thundershowers overnight.”

The mass of storms, however, developed over the region in an unusual manner.

“Normally we see storms develop west to east, but these developed east to west,” Schultz said. “Winds in upper level atmosphere are pretty week, so we have storms floating around up there.”

Hurricane Dolly, although it came ashore in deep south Texas last week, has contributed to the weather as its dwindling energy floated north into Colorado and then south back into Texas.

“It kind of made a loop and came back into our neighborhood,” Schultz said.

The overnight storms dumped more than an inch of rain in counties east of the Metroplex, Schultz said.

Smaller rain totals, about a quarter to three-quarters of an inch, fell over the western portion of the Metroplex, including Tarrant County, where residents’ alarm clocks were replaced by thunder claps.

The storms were pushing west at 7 a.m.