Well, at least it is supposed to be a little cooler this week.

Recent rains which popped up across northeast Texas during the past few days have been a welcome sight, but did little to relieve the ongoing exceptional drought conditions.

Rockwall County was listed as the second driest county in Texas as of Saturday, and six of the top ten driest counties in the state were from the surrounding area.

The National Weather and Texas Forest Services are both warning of the continued fire danger over the entire north Texas area and a ban on outdoor burning remains in place for Hunt County and all of the surrounding counties.

A cold front which was scheduled to enter the region between late Sunday night and early this morning was expected to lower the high temperatures for the next few days into the lower 90s, and bring the chance for some scattered showers and storms.

Every drop is needed, as many locations in northeast Texas continue to approach the highest level of drought which can be measured.

Franklin County had the highest reported mean average dryness Saturday under the Keetch-Byram Drought Index of all of the 254 counties in Texas, with a reading of 773. The absolute highest level of drought under the index is 800.

Rockwall County was in second place, with a drought index reading of 769, although portions of the county posted a reading as high as 779 Saturday.

Collin County listed a reading of 762, Denton County recorded a mean drought index of 757, while Hunt and Clay counties were listed at 756.

Rounding out the top ten, Rains and Van Zandt counties each posted a reading of 755 Saturday, with Cooke County under a drought index reading of 751 and Limestone County at 750.

A ban on outdoor burning remains in place for both Hunt County and the City of Greenville. Those found violating the burn ban can be cited to appear in a justice of the peace court and face fines of up to $500 for each offense.

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