Drought relief north; Summer-like across much of the Heartland


Drought relief north; Summer-like across much of the Heartland

An ongoing heavy-rain event across the south-central U.S. will maintain the threat of significant flooding, particularly in the western half of the Gulf Coast region. Additional rainfall in coastal sections of Texas and Louisiana could reach 2 to 6 inches or more.

Meanwhile, locally heavy showers will gradually end across the southeastern Plains and the mid-South. Farther north, occasional showers and thunderstorms will deliver much-needed precipitation across the drought-affected northern Plains.

Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches from the northern Rockies to the upper Great Lakes region. Across the northern Rockies and adjacent High Plains, some of the precipitation will fall as snow.

Elsewhere, hot, dry weather will prevail across much of the eastern one-third of the U.S., while little or no precipitation will fall in California and the Southwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures across much of the central and eastern U.S., while cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail across California, southern Texas, the Great Basin, and the Northwest.

Meanwhile, near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the upper Midwest and portions of the northern Plains.