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Medina and Frio County communities have serious water woes, good rain chances coming

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Five day outlook includes rain chances

The Medina County City of La Coste lifted its boil water notice for its customers on Friday.

There was a city-wide water outage on Wednesday to fix mainline leaks caused by drought conditions.

That prompted the boil water notice.

The city released a statement that said the public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water and that it no longer requires boiling prior to use.

The Frio County community of Derby has run out of water, according to Ray Kallio, the county's emergency management coordinator. Kallio said a water pump at the community's only water well needs to be lowered.

Water is being trucked in for around 50 residents. Water was also being distributed from the Mission De La Fe Church on County Road 4405.

Frio County is one of the worst drought-stricken counties in Texas and river flows on the Frio have hit zero. But some rain relief appears to be coming.

The shift of a subtropical ridge over Texas will allow for at least half of the San Antonio area and other parts of South Texas and the Hill Country to see some badly needed rain showers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The National Weather Service reports the showers could leave 1 to 2 inches behind in some spots by the time shower activity diminishes on Sunday. An isolated sudden downpour of an inch or more and gusty winds cannot be ruled out during the three-day period.

An area of disorganized tropical activity in the lower eastern Atlantic looks to be falling apart, eliminating one other long distance shot at rain for drought-stricken South Texas and the Hill Country.

Forecasters said the rain should cool San Antonio off a bit or at least knock temperatures below 100 degrees. Temperatures through next Tuesday should remain in the mid to upper 90s.

If you have been meaning to do some outdoor work around your house, but have put it off due to searing heat in June and July, this weekend may be the time to do it.

The high of Saturday will be 94 degrees and the high on Sunday will be 93. Those are some of the lowest daytime highs we've had in weeks.

Many San Antonio area school children are headed back to classes over the next couple of weeks. The wait outside to catch a school bus in the morning has even been miserable with sunrise temperatures just below 80 degrees. Sunrise humidity levels this week in San Antonio have also been around 80%.

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Brian Kirkpatrick can be reached at brian@tpr.org and on Twitter at @TPRBrian