More storms, building heat & humidity
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms stretch from southern Iowa and northern Missouri eastward into parts of Ohio. The rain is benefiting pastures and immature summer crops. Pleasant weather prevails across much of the northern Corn Belt, but Heat Advisories have been issued for Friday across the southernmost Corn Belt due to humid conditions and temperatures expected to range from 90 to 95°.
On the Plains, hot weather persists as far north as Kansas, where temperatures near 100° can be expected for the third consecutive day. The late-season heat across the central and southern Plains is promoting fieldwork and hastening crop maturation, but increasing stress on rangeland, pastures, and immature summer crops. In contrast, cool, showery weather on the northern Plains is slowing spring wheat harvesting and other fieldwork.
In the South, hot, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and early-season harvest activities. However, heat is also stressing immature crops, including some soybeans.
In the West, showers stretch from New Mexico to the northern Rockies. Mostly dry weather covers the Great Basin and the Pacific Coast States, although near- to below-normal temperatures are easing irrigation demands.
During the next several days, hot weather will remain in place along and east of a line from Texas to Wisconsin—although somewhat cooler conditions will prevail along and near the Atlantic Seaboard. Readings above 40° can be expected in parts of the southern Corn Belt, while temperatures near 100° will be common across the South. Early next week, however, a push of much cooler air will arrive in the Midwest. Farther west, unusually cool weather will dominate the northern Plains and much of the West, with readings below 40° expected into early next week across northern portions of the Rockies and High Plains. Meanwhile, showers will shift from the Mid-Atlantic States into the Southeast. Elsewhere, heavy showers will linger into the weekend across the northern Plains and upper Midwest, while monsoon showers will temporarily subside in the Southwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures from the Rockies into the upper Midwest, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in the Far West and across the South, East, and lower Midwest. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall in southern Texas and the Northwest will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions from the Plains to the East Coast.