Complete coverage of Texas' record heat wave of 2011

Summer Showers Pop Up in Metroplex

But expect more triple-digit heat Thursday

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Wednesday's rain was short and sweet, but it was a welcome respite from the oppressive summer heat.

    A parched Dallas got a splash of rain. About half an inch was reported in parts of Oak Cliff, although the National Weather Service said the storms brought "maybe a tenth of an inch" of rain to the Dallas area.

    Dallas Welcomes Splash of Rain

    [DFW] Dallas Welcomes Splash of Rain
    The quick thunderstorms offered some relief from the triple-digit heat. (Published Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011)

    Temperatures plunged into the 80s in parts of the Metroplex and into the 70s to the east.

    "I like it. It cooled down; that was nice," said Maurila Foster of Midlothian.

    "It feels a lot cooler outside, but that doesn't mean it feels cool," Gloria Starkey said.

    But with the wet weather, came wind gusts as high as 45 mph. The blustery winds churned up dust clouds in Rowlett and white caps on Lake Ray Hubbard.

    In Red Oak, high winds downed power lines. The live wires sparked a small grass fire.

    "We got it under control in about 30 to 40 minutes," Red Oak Fire Chief Eric Thompson said.

    The winds downed trees and power lines, taking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses in North and East Texas.

    National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Dunn said that with the drought, trees that haven't been watered regularly are drying out and becoming weaker, making them more susceptible to high winds.

    According to Oncor's website, about 9,200 customers were without power in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as of 10:30 p.m. Oncor said crews would work throughout the night to restore power.

    The pop-up storms moved out almost as quickly as they came in.

    And while many hope they're a sign that the triple-digit temperatures are nearing an end, Thursday's high is expected to be 105. (Read NBC 5's forecast.)