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Storms drop temps into 70s, but mid-90s heat expected rest of the week

A driver was rescued Monday afternoon after her car was swept into an underpass on Pine Street close to the intersection of East El Paso Street just east of downtown on Monday, June 13, 2016. A brief downpour caused street flooding
A driver was rescued Monday afternoon after her car was swept into an underpass on Pine Street close to the intersection of East El Paso Street just east of downtown on Monday, June 13, 2016. A brief downpour caused street flooding swilson@star-telegram.com

A line of afternoon thunderstorms Monday brought a brief burst of wind, lightning and rain to the Fort Worth area.

Some city streets flooded, and the temperature dropped about 15 degrees in less than an hour.

But that was Monday. Now, brace for seasonally dry temperatures and heat.

Rain chances for Tuesday are less than 20 percent, and the temperature is expected to climb into the mid-90s with a heat index that could reach 103, said National Weather Service meteorologist Lamont Bain.

The temperatures Wednesday and Thursday are expected to hit 96, and 98 on Friday, Bain said. Add humidity, and the heat index will go into triple digits every day.

“It’s going to feel pretty oppressive out there,” Bain said.

A cool front is expected to lower weekend temperatures and bring a chance of rain Sunday.

Monday’s storm wasn’t considered severe, Bain said, despite street flooding in some areas.

Wind speed at the National Weather Service office in north Fort Worth reached 40 mph, Bain said. Meacham Airport recorded winds of 54 mph.

D/FW Airport got 0.14 inch of rain. Meacham recorded 0.20 inch.

“What happens a lot of times when we get gusty winds, it can seem really, really heavy,” Bain said. “And because of the breezy winds, sometimes the rain misses the gauge altogether.”

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