Dry and less humid weather will continue for another day, as high pressure slowly slides east into the area by Monday night. Temperatures will be cooler than last week, and closer to "normal".
A weak weather system will approach the area Tuesday, with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday night.
During the next two days, the remnants of A tropical depression will contribute to locally heavy rainfall in the Gulf Coast States. Meanwhile, a weak cold front will enhance rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic States.
On the Plains, high temperatures will again exceed 100 degrees as far north as Kansas, although key crop areas on the southern High Plains continue to avoid the extreme heat.
Hot and dry conditions continued over much of the state last week. These conditions are taking a toll on the corn and soybeans with producers reporting signs of crop stress in the fields. Farmers are continuing to bale hay, haul grain, and spray.
Potentially dangerous heat is expected to return to central Illinois next week.
A return to hot and very muggy conditions can be expected by Monday across the Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, adequate to locally excessive soil moisture prevails for reproductive to filling corn and soybeans. Heat remains confined to the southern-most Corn Belt, where Friday’s high temperatures will reach the lower 90s.
On the Plains, showery conditions across northern areas are temporarily disrupting small grain harvest activities. Meanwhile on the central and southern Plains, extremely hot weather is increasing stress on livestock and summer crops. Monday’s high temperatures will exceed 100 degrees from Kansas to Texas.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, weather and abundant soil moisture levels are maintaining generally favorable growing conditions for reproductive to filling corn and soybeans. Some lowland flooding lingers, however, mainly in the middle Mississippi Valley.
During the next 5 days, an active weather pattern will result in widespread, 1- to 3-inch rainfall totals, except for mostly dry conditions across the southern Plains and the Pacific Coast States.
According to the Illinois Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wet conditions slowed the progress of spraying and mowing while increasing the progress of parched fields. Statewide precipitation averaged 3.25 inches, 2.23 inches above normal.