Locally, oppressive heat and humidity will build-in next week, with afternoon temperatures forecast to soar into the 90s!
For the remainder of the week, a stubborn ridge of high pressure will maintain hot, dry conditions across the drought-ravaged south-central U.S. However, tropical moisture will continue to wrap clockwise around the ridge, with heavy, “ring of fire” showers possible. A cold front crossing the northern half of the U.S. will further enhance rainfall in some areas.
Across the Corn Belt, strong thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front are crossing northern and western portions of the region. Meanwhile, the winter wheat harvest is advancing across the southern and eastern Corn Belt under a hot weather regime.
Locally, high pressure will hold across the region Saturday and shift east Sunday, resulting in a partly to mostly sunny sky and seasonably warm temperatures. Quiet weather is expected into Sunday before a weak cold front slowly approaches from the northwest Sunday night or Monday. Temperatures will gradually warm, with afternoon readings climbing back to or a few degrees above 90 degrees.
Across the Corn Belt, mild weather, scattered showers, and abundant soil moisture reserves continue to provide a nearly ideal environment for developing corn and soybeans. Meanwhile, the Midwestern soft red winter wheat harvest is advancing as conditions permit.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms extend southward from the Great Lakes Region to the Ohio Valley, slowing the late stages of soybean planting.
On the Plains, unfavorable wetness lingers throughout many northern farming areas, a stark contrast to intensifying drought farther south.
A heat wave expected late this week.
Across the Corn Belt, sunny weather favors corn and soybean development. In the lower Midwest, producers are resuming soft red winter wheat harvesting. On June 26, just 16% of Indiana’s wheat had been harvested, compared to the 5-year average of 28%.
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.
Across the Corn Belt, late-season soybean planting continues in eastern areas, as conditions permit. By June 19, Indiana’s soybeans were 90% planted. Meanwhile, cool, wet weather is engulfing the northern and western Corn Belt, maintaining abundant moisture reserves but halting fieldwork and causing local flooding.