Monday's rain in Austin a welcome respite from the drought

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on July 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 7:40 AM

AUSTIN -- Monday’s rain and cooler temperatures blanketing parts of Austin were met as more of a blessing than a curse for youngsters out enjoying House Skate Park. 

The city-owned skate park on North Lamar near 12th Street is a haven for youngsters of all ages who like to skate, Rollerblade or BMX. The area is usually very hot because it’s concrete and there are few trees. 

Monday around 5:30 p.m. there were at least a dozen young people who put their skateboards aside to play in puddles of water instead.

“We were just having fun and all of a sudden it just started deluging and then these guys, those kids over there started taking their shorts off and started sliding into the bowl," said Todd, an Austin father who brought his son Max to the skate park. 

A spokesperson for ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, tells KVUE News that Monday afternoon at 4:30, which is usually the peak of use in Austin, residents were only using two-thirds of the energy normally used during that time. 

The big question on everyone’s mind Monday is how long will the cooler temps stick around? According to KVUE Chief Meteorologist Mark Murray there’s a chance for rain every day this week and the highest temperature doesn’t look like it will hit triple digits.

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