Cooler, largely drier days ahead for the Heartland
For the remainder of Friday, unsettled, showery weather will linger across the Northeast.
During the next several days, a pair of east-bound disturbances will maintain the chance of occasional showers across the Northwest, northern and central Plains, Midwest, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, and Northeast.
Five-day rainfall amounts will be mostly light, although totals could exceed an inch in several areas, particularly across the Ohio Valley and Pacific Northwest.
In contrast, little or no precipitation will fall from central and southern California to the southern Atlantic Coast, accompanied by building (or continuing) heat.
Elsewhere, cooler air will encroach on the northern half of the country by early next week, with freezes possible from the Great Lakes region to the interior Northeast.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across much of the eastern half of the U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in southern Florida, the Rio Grande Valley, and the West.
Meanwhile, near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in southern sections of the Rockies and High Plains and the middle and northern Atlantic States