Warmer to hotter, drier pattern across the Heartland
Cooler, drier air will continue to overspread eastward across the central and eastern U.S., reaching the Atlantic Seaboard during the weekend.
Before dry air arrives in the East, additional rainfall could total 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts. Meanwhile, little or no precipitation will fall during the next 5 days across the western and central U.S., although some heavier showers may occur on Saturday in northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
Cooler weather will accompany and trail the Northwestern showers, ending an early-season heatwave across the Far West. Meanwhile, heat will spread eastward, reaching the High Plains during the weekend and the remainder of the nation’s mid-section early next week.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of warmer-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near- or below-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest, Deep South Texas, and the Atlantic Coast States.
Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across the northern and western U.S., as well as southern sections of Texas and Florida, should contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from the central and southern Plains into much of the Southeast.