Very warm to hot, dry weather to dominate the Heartland


Very warm to hot, dry weather to dominate the Heartland

Thunderstorms in the north-central U.S. will gradually decrease in coverage and intensity while crossing the upper Midwest. Farther east, drier air will overspread the middle Atlantic States and interior Southeast, starting during the weekend. As a result, significant U.S. precipitation will become limited after the Friday.

In fact, 5-day rainfall should total an inch or less nationwide, except in the East and Pacific Northwest. Completely dry weather will prevail in most areas from California to the Rockies and High Plains.

Building heat will accompany the Southwestern dryness, with temperatures rising to 110°F or higher during the weekend and early next week at low-elevation sites. Triple-digit heat (highs of 100°F or greater) will return across portions of the northern Plains during the first half of next week.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures across the Plains, West, upper Midwest, and southern Florida, while cooler-than-normal conditions will stretch from the western Gulf Coast region to the middle and northern Atlantic States.

Meanwhile, near- or below-normal precipitation across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the western Gulf Coast region and parts of the Southwest.