Hot; A largely dry pattern ahead for the Heartland


Hot; A largely dry pattern ahead for the Heartland

Hot weather will continue to grip the northern Plains and much of the West, with a gradual expansion of above-normal temperatures as the week progresses. Late in the week, temperatures could reach 100°F as far east as the central Plains and the western Corn Belt. In contrast, relatively cool weather will prevail in the Northeast.

Meanwhile, little or no rain will fall during the next 5 days in several regions, including the Pacific Coast States, the northern and central Plains, and an area stretching from the southern Corn Belt to the mid-Atlantic.

Generally light showers will affect the southern Plains, as well as the Great Lakes and Northeastern States, while heavier rain (locally 1 to 3 inches or more) will be confined to the Deep South (from the western Gulf Coast region to the southern Atlantic Coast) and scattered locations in the Four Corners States.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Northeast and from southern California to southern Texas.

Meanwhile, near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Great Basin and parts of the Southwest.