A tranquil pattern ahead for the Plains, Corn Belt
For the remainder of Wednesday and Thursday, a cold front sweeping eastward will introduce cooler, drier air into the central and eastern U.S. In advance of the front’s passage, however, hot, humid weather will accompany showers and thunderstorms.
In the eastern U.S., rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches or more. Showers may linger into the weekend, however, in the middle and southern Atlantic States, boosting 5-day rainfall totals to 2 to 4 inches in a few spots.
Meanwhile, Western warmth will continue to expand eastward through Thursday, followed by a late-week surge of cool air. During the weekend and early next week, a ribbon of warmth across the nation’s mid-section will lie between areas of below-normal temperatures in the Far West and from the Mississippi Valley eastward, respectively.
Little or no precipitation will fall across the western and central U.S. during the next 5 days, except for occasional showers in the Northwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures across the Plains, Southwest, Northeast, and upper Midwest, while cooler-than-normal conditions will dominate the Southeast and Northwest.
Meanwhile, near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in southern Florida, across the Northwest, and along the mid-Atlantic Coast.