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Heavy Rain and Potential for Flash Flooding for Mid-Atlantic

An unseasonably strong storm system will bring heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic and central Appalachians Friday into Saturday. Flash flooding and widespread lowland flooding are possible during this period. Meanwhile, monsoon moisture will continue to produce heavy rain with the possibility of localized flash flooding in the Desert Southwest through the southern/central Rockies and High Plains. Read More >

Today will be another scorcher and the hottest day thus far this season for many locations. Afternoon highs will range from the middle 90s to around 103 with afternoon heat index values as high as 110. Therefore, a Heat Advisory is in effect for much of North and Central Texas today.
A cold front will move into the region tonight, and this will bring some low chances for showers and thunderstorms to the region. Not everyone will see rainfall. Low temperatures across the area will fall into the middle and upper 70s.
It is July in Texas and it's hot. So you're probably thinking why is the National Weather Service telling us about the heat? Well, it's simple: heat kills. Know the signs of heat exhaustion versus heat stroke. Faint or dizzy with excessive sweating, that's heat exhaustion. Get to a cooler place and drink water. What if you or someone you know, is in the heat and suddenly stops sweating, gets a throbbing headache and/or nausea? Well, these are signs of a Heat Stroke and this is an emergency situation. Your body is no longer able to cool off and if you don't get immediate care - it can be fatal. If you're suffering from Heat Stroke, you should call 9-1-1 and then immediately take action to cool down as you wait for help to arrive.
It'll be a hot one again on Saturday, with the hottest conditions being displaced across portions of Central Texas. Low thunderstorm chances will exist across parts of North and Central Texas this weekend, but drier air will work its way in from the northeast by Sunday. Moisture will then start to slowly increase as we head into next week, and additional chances for showers and storms will develop. Temperatures will remain generally in the lower 90s Monday and Tuesday.
A pattern change will occur next week, as the hot upper level high moves off to the northwest. This will bring northerly flow aloft to the region and bring slightly cooler conditions and scattered rain and storm chances to the area each day next week.

 
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Short term precipitation deficits will be possible the remainder of the summer,
but rainfall during September and October should remove any remaining drought conditions.

 


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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.

 

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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.

 


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