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Rain likely in North Texas tonight

Rain in August? It's not as strange as it sounds.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight in North Texas, with lows in the lower 70s, the National Weather Service said. The chance of rain is 60 percent.

The temperature at D/FW Airport was 93 degrees at 5 p.m. Monday -- 13 degrees cooler than Sunday. And it's not supposed to hit 100 on Tuesday, either.

That high pressure ridge that's kept North Texas so hot for several weeks has shifted, allowing more moisture to move into the area, said Stacie Hanes of the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Of course, the rain showers that moved into the area from west Texas on Monday morning were pretty scattered, Hanes said.

But the rain that held temperatures in the low 90s Monday is expected to continue through tonight, with the rain chance declining to 20 percent by Tuesday, she said.

It's not like we'll see a week-long deluge, Hanes said. The rains are expected to stop for a couple of days but return on Friday, she said.

Is this weather pattern unusual? Not really, Hanes said.

"We've had that ridge sitting over us for most of the summer," she said. "It moved to the west. That's just allowing more moisture to work itsway into our area. But the ridge can move back in here."

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