Warmth to return; scattered storms, too...

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather lingers in wake of a cold front's passage. In addition, showery conditions persist in the lower Great Lakes region. However, Midwestern corn and soybeans are faring reasonably well, except in flooded lowlands.

On the Plains, starkly contrasting weather regimes persist. Showers are returning to the waterlogged northern Plains, while heat and drought are severely stressing pastures and summer crops on the southern High Plains.

In the South, scattered thundershowers are mostly confined to areas along the Gulf and southern Atlantic Coasts. Across the Deep South, many pastures and summer crops remain stressed by heat and drought, despite a recent increase in shower activity.

In the West, dry weather favors fieldwork. However, cool air remains entrenched across the Northwest, where significant crop developmental delays exist. Cooler air is returning to California, following a spell of favorably warm weather. Wildfire activity remains a concern in the Southwest.

For the remainder of Friday, showers will linger in the East and return to the north-central U.S. In the latter region, as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain during the next 5 days will aggravate flooding along the Missouri River and in neighboring river basins.

During the weekend and early next week, locally heavy showers will overspread the Midwest and Mid-South.

In the Southeast, an increase in shower activity may provide some drought relief.

Elsewhere, hot, dry weather will prevail on the southern Plains, while little or no rain will fall in the West.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures and near- to below normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. Cool conditions will be confined to the Pacific Coast States, while wet weather will be limited to the Southeast and Pacific Northwest.
 

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