Warm, largely dry to return to much of the Heartland


Warm, largely dry to return to much of the Heartland

Rain across the nation’s mid-section will linger into Saturday, followed by the return of warm, dry weather. During the weekend and early next week, showers will shift into areas from the Mississippi Valley eastward. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches or more along and east of a line from eastern Texas into the lower Great Lakes region.

In contrast, negligible precipitation will fall during the next 5 days across California, the Great Basin, the Northwest (except along the northern Pacific Coast), and the northern High Plains.

By early next week, warmth will replace previously cool conditions across much of the western and central U.S., with maximum temperatures regularly rising to 80°F or higher as far north as eastern Montana and the Dakotas.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across much of country should contrast with drier-than-normal weather on the central and southern High Plains and from the Great Lakes region to New England.