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Showers bring about a half inch of rain to DFW

Lawns got a drink and dust-coated cars got a rinse early Monday when showers and thunderstorms swept across North Texas.

Factors started developing over the weekend when moist air from the Gulf of Mexico flowed into North Texas, said Eric Martello, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

"We had a lead upper-level disturbance that ejected out of a main upper-level low over New Mexico," he said. "That helped create a complex of storms and thunderstorms that formed up over West Texas."

The storms stretched from the Panhandle down to Pecos, but then headed east and arrived in North Texas during the early morning hours.

At Keller, .87 inches of precipitation was recorded, although most rain totals from around the region matched or nearly matched the .50 inches recorded at D/FW Airport, according to weather service data.

More may be on the way, Martello said.

The main upper-level disturbance was in the Panhandle at 7 a.m. and headed northeast toward Oklahoma and Kansas.

There could be more thunderstorms in North Texas Monday afternoon if the morning clouds burn off and the temperatures provide enough afternoon heating for instability, Martello said.

The high temperature on Monday is expected to be around 84 degrees, the weather service said.

Showers might reappear in the Metroplex early Tuesday, but the rest of the day is expected to be pleasant and breezy, Martello said.

Clear skies and temperatures ranging from the mid to upper 80s will dominate the rest of the work week, according to the weather service.

Sunday, however, may see the return of heavy rain, but that remains to be seen, Martello said.

"When we're talking five days out, you're tossing a coin," he said, "but a tropical disturbance is developing in the Pacific."

One model, he noted, has it being pushed into West Texas, which could create some opportunities for showers in North Texas.

There are other models, however, which show the disturbance moving up the West Coast, but its track will probably be clarified toward the end of the week, Martello said.