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Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- or below-normal temperatures. Despite an absence of heat stress, a difficult growing season continues in parts of the Midwest due to late-planted, poorly rooted corn and soybeans developing amid worsening topsoil moisture shortages.

On the Plains, hot, dry weather persists across much of Texas, leading to worsening conditions for rangeland, pastures and summer crops. In contrast, near- or below-normal temperatures prevail across the northern and central Plains. In addition, locally heavy showers and thunderstorms have developed from Oklahoma northward. 

In the South, very warm, humid weather favors summer crop development. Scattered showers are affecting the mid-South, in particular the northern Delta.

In the West, widespread cloudiness and isolated showers are affecting interior locations. Following a subpar start to the monsoon season, the current showery weather pattern is providing limited relief to rangeland and rain-fed crops that have been stressed by short-term dryness.  

Much of the country will experience a period of near- or below-normal temperatures, while hot, humid weather will persist from the southern Plains to the southern Atlantic Coast. The hottest weather, relative to normal, will grip the south-central U.S., where little or no rain will fall during the next 5 days. Mostly dry weather will also prevail along the Atlantic Coast from the Carolinas northward. Periodic showers can be expected, however, from the northern Rockies into parts of the Midwest. Elsewhere, monsoon-related showers will spread northeastward from parts of Arizona and New Mexico to the central Rockies.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for hotter-than-normal conditions across most of the country, while below-normal temperatures will be confined to the Northwest and parts of the Northeast.

Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal weather from the Pacific Northwest into the upper Great Lakes region and in much of the Southeast should contrast with below-normal rainfall in Texas, the Southwest, and from the eastern Corn Belt into the lower Great Lakes region.

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Greg Soulje, a professional meteorologist since 1985, offers national agricultural weather forecasts via "This Week in Agribusiness."