Rain fell Saturday in the drought-stricken Ohio Valley and central Plains, cooler air brought brief relief to the Midwest and flooding receded in the streets of El Paso, Texas, where a man was reported drowned in 5 to 6 feet of water.
Thunderstorms were scattered from western New York State through southern Ohio into western Kentucky with more than an inch of rain drenching Cleveland and Louisville, Ky., the National Weather Service said.Showers and thunderstorms doused eastern Kansas along with the northern and central parts of Idaho, areas hit hard by the country's worst drought in 50 years.
A cold front, unleashing hail and fierce winds, galloped across the Midwest and clashed with the searing heat that caused at least five deaths in Michigan this week.
But forecasters said the cooler temperatures will be short-lived as warm, dry air starts again heating up the Great Plains and then the Mississippi Valley in the next couple of days.
"This was just a brief reprieve," NWS meteorologist Brian Smith said.
International Falls, Minn., reported a record high 93 degrees, shattering the Aug. 6, 1941, record of 90 degrees, and Caribou, Maine, broke its 88-degree record set in 1947 with a 90-degree reading Saturday.