SIOUX CITY | Sioux City could receive some welcome rain overnight as showers are expected to move through Siouxland. 

Mike Gillispie, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said Sioux City can expect the best rain chance sometime between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. Estimated amounts in the Sioux City area will be one-half to three-quarters of an inch, with potential for thunderstorms and locally heavier amounts. 

Following the overnight rain, conditions are expected to cool down significantly in the second half of the week. Following a high of 86 on Wednesday, Thursday's high will drop to 74 degrees, with temperatures continuing in the mid-to-upper 70s through the weekend.

The next-best chance of rainfall will be Friday into Saturday morning.  

Gillispie said the cooler temperatures and the rain will help the area's current drought conditions. 

"An inch of rain right now per week is kind of about normal, so if we can pick up close to that inch of rain tonight (it will) keep things going for a week," he said. "It's going to be quite a bit cooler, as well, which is going to help the drought conditions as much as the rain."

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