Houston Forecast: Chance for afternoon rain, storms

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 21, 2013 at 5:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 5:45 PM

HOUSTON -– Much of the Houston area has a slight chance for severe weather and rain on Tuesday, but there’s an even greater chance in northeast Texas.

“After about 3 p.m. with the heating of the day is when we could see some thunderstorms fire up,” said KHOU 11 News Meteorologist Chita Johnson. “As far as our severe weather risk goes, Dallas and eastward are the ones mainly going to be under the gun. North Texas this afternoon could potentially see some severe thunderstorms.”

There’s a 30-percent chance for rain in Houston on Tuesday with a high temp of 88 degrees. On Wednesday the rain chance goes up to 40 percent with afternoon temps around 87 degrees.

The rest of this week the rain chance goes away, and daytime temperatures increase slightly to about 90 degrees. Overnight lows will be in the low- to mid-70s.

A layer of warm air over the area had limited storm development in much of North Texas over the past two days. That layer is expected to dissipate on Tuesday, allowing storms and isolated tornadoes to develop.

Storms have continued to rage along the edges of the warm-air cap over the region, though. The Texas Department of Public Safety reported a Monday tornado in Blanket, a town of about 400 residents about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Brown County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Chandler says the storm caused “massive damage” to the town’s public school complex but minor damage otherwise and no injuries.

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