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Across the Corn Belt, sunny weather and near-normal temperatures favor the development of late-planted corn and soybeans. In recent days, showers have benefited summer crops in some of the driest areas of the Midwest, although more rain will be needed as crops progress through the filling stage of development.

On the Plains, a hot, dry weather pattern is in place, except along the Canadian border and in eastern sections of Nebraska and the Dakotas. Monday’s high temperatures will again exceed 100° across parts of the southern Plains, maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and rain-fed summer crops.

In the South, hot, humid weather continues to promote summer crop development. Showery conditions persist, however, across the lower Southeast, and flash flooding remains a threat in parts of northern Florida.

In the West, cool weather is confined to areas along and near the Pacific Coast. At most inland locations, hot, dry weather prevails. The poor performance of this year’s monsoon has led to an increase in stress on rangeland and pastures, particularly in the Southwest. Drought also remains a concerns in parts of the Northwest, although the dry conditions favor small grain harvesting.

During the next 5 days, significant rainfall will be focused along and east of a line from the central Gulf Coast to New England. Some of the heaviest rain will continue to fall in the eastern Gulf Coast States, particularly across northern Florida. A separate area of occasional rain will stretch from the east-central Plains into the mid-South. In contrast, little or no rain will fall through week’s end in the upper Great Lakes region, much of Texas, and large sections of the western U.S. Elsewhere, the heat wave affecting much of the country will come to an end later in the week, except for lingering heat from the Intermountain West to the southern Plains.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, with the greatest likelihood of hot conditions from the Pacific Coast to the southern High Plains. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal weather across much of the eastern half of the U.S. will contrast with near- or below-normal rainfall from the High Plains westward.

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