A warm-up ahead for the Midwest...

A warm-up ahead for the Midwest...

Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is falling across northern areas, including southern portions of Wisconsin and Michigan. Some pre-planting preparations are underway, especially in the southern Corn Belt.

On the Plains, cold weather lingers across northern areas. In contrast, very warm, dry conditions on the southern Plains are maintaining severe stress on pastures and winter wheat. In addition, the threat of additional wildfires remains high on the southern High Plains.

In the South, pastures, winter grains, and emerging summer crops are benefiting from recent soil moisture improvements. However, drought remains a significant concern, especially from the Delta westward.

In the West, cool, showery weather lingers across the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Despite an increase in cloudiness, fieldwork is advancing across California and the Southwest.

For the remainder of the week, cool weather will engulf the West, while warmth will expand across the eastern half of the U.S. Weekend warmth will be particularly notable across the Midwest, where high temperatures will exceed 80° throughout the southern Corn Belt. By early next week, however, Midwestern warmth will be replaced by cooler, wetter conditions.

Elsewhere, showers will continue in the Northwest, but warmer, drier weather will return to California and the Southwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation in the Pacific Coast States and from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast, while warmer- and drier-than-normal weather will prevail in the south-central U.S. 

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