Thunderstorms, Severe Weather Possible

Lightning over Dallas, Texas. | Image by Real Window Creative/Shutterstock
Lightning over Dallas, Texas. | Image by Real Window Creative/Shutterstock

Keep the umbrellas and raincoats handy this week as more showers and thunderstorms are expected across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, bringing with them the risk of hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

Wednesday’s high is expected to hit 87 degrees around midday before scattered storms start working their way across the metroplex. Some of the storms have the potential to produce golf ball-sized hail, damaging winds of 60+ mph, and tornadoes, though the risk of tornadoes is small, according to WFAA.

The scattered storms will continue into the evening and overnight hours across the metroplex. Temperatures will stay warm and muggy, with a heat index of about 94 degrees for the day.

Thursday will bring more of the same, with quiet conditions in the morning followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Once again, there will be a risk, albeit slight, of hail, strong winds, and tornadoes.

Temperatures on Thursday are expected to reach a high of 86 degrees, with a heat index of 92, per WFAA.

Total rainfall over the two days is anticipated to measure 1-3 inches, with some isolated areas seeing as much as 5 inches. A flood watch is in effect for the metroplex from Wednesday morning through late Thursday evening, as run-off from the rain may result in the flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and low-lying areas, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). However, widespread flooding is not likely.

The chance for rain drops to about 20% on Friday and Saturday, with high temperatures expected to hit the low- to mid-90s on both days, per NWS. However, the heat index will be in the triple digits all weekend, so be sure to practice heat safety measures while enjoying Memorial Day weekend.

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