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Two areas of thunderstorms are possible on Saturday. The first will be in the afternoon and evening along a dryline if the cap weakens sufficiently for storms to develop. If storms are able to form, they would likely be severe with the potential for large hail and damaging winds. The second area to watch will be a cluster of storms developing in Oklahoma that could move southward into North Texas later Saturday night. These storms could also be severe with damaging winds possible.
Scattered thunderstorms will be possible on Sunday along a slow- moving cold front. A few strong or severe storms will be possible, especially across Central Texas during the afternoon hours. The day is not expected to be a washout as coverage of storms is only expected to be around 30-50%.
Hot high temperatures and humid conditions will come together starting Friday leading to heat index values exceeding the 100 degree mark in many locations across North and Central Texas. Given the relatively cool days we had earlier this week, this will be a stark change coming for today and Saturday. Make sure to drink plenty of water or water-based drinks, take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors, and NEVER leave children or pets alone in vehicles, even for a short period of time as it can be fatal!
With the first extended hot spell expected Friday and Saturday of the last weekend in May, a few rules of thumb to think about when heading out with children in vehicles. Never leave a child, pet, or even an adult in a hot vehicle for any extended period of time, as it can be fatal!

 
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Drought Information

 


 

Where spring rainfall has been inadequate, drought conditions have reemerged.

 


Current Drought Conditions

  

U.S. Drought Monitor

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - North and Central Texas

 

U.S. Drought Monitor - Texas

 


Fire Danger

  

Even if a burn ban is not in effect for your area, it is still important to be vigilant about fire usageAvoid open flames near dry vegetation, and assure all coals and embers are fully extinguished.

 

Texas Outdoor Burn Bans

Keetch-Byram Drought Index

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index is a drought statistic specifically designed to assess fire danger.

 


Water Restrictions

 

After nearly 5 years of significant water restrictions, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) began allowing twice-per-week watering on May 1, 2015.  Sprinklers and other irrigation systems are still be prohibited between 10 am and 6 pm (April 1 to October 31).  The NTMWD serves 1.6 million customers east and northeast of the city of Dallas.

In April 2014, the Fort Worth City Council made permanent its twice-per-week limit on landscape watering.  Only hand watering is allowed between 10 am and 6 pm.  Arlington, also within the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) service area, is still requesting that residents adhere to a twice-per-week watering schedule, but the formal restrictions have been lifted.  Dallas has made permanent its twice-per-week limit, but the restriction on daytime watering is limited to the warm season (April 1 to October 31).  Since water restrictions vary considerably throughout the Metroplex, residents should keep informed with the current guidelines from their municipality or water utility provider.

Voluntary conservation continues for both Waco and Temple/Killeen.  However, water restrictions remain in effect for some communities within McLennan County and Bell County.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) maintains a list of water restrictions across the state.

 


 Drought Links

 

 National Integrated Drought Information System

 National Drought Mitigation Center

  Drought Impact Reporter

  Precipitation Estimates

  Lake Levels