Heat abating across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, beneficial showers and thunderstorms are overspreading areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, unfavorably hot weather persists across the southern tier of the region, including the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys.

On the Plains, record-setting heat and drought continue to plague the southern half of the region. On the central Plains—on the northern periphery of the drought area—scattered showers and thunderstorms are providing some beneficial moisture and helping to suppress temperatures.

In the South, isolated thundershowers are mostly confined to Florida and the central Gulf Coast States.  Throughout the region, hot weather is maintaining heavy irrigation demands and stressing rain-fed crops.

In the West, mild, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development. Chilly weather prevails, however, along the immediate Pacific Coast.

Hot weather will persist for the remainder of the week from the southern Plains into the Southeast, while near- to below-normal temperatures will prevail across the remainder of the U.S.

Mostly dry weather will persist through week’s end across the drought-ravaged south-central U.S. and much of the West, while rainfall could reach 2 to 5 inches, with locally higher amounts, from the central Plains into the Mid-South. Scattered showers will also affect the southern Atlantic region and from the northern Plains into the Northeast.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and from the upper Midwest into the Northeast, while hotter-than-normal weather will prevail in the south-central and southeastern U.S., as well as much of the Rockies and High Plains. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the nation will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions from the Midwest into the Northeast.

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