A pattern shift ahead from Plains, westward


A pattern shift ahead from Plains, westward

Southeastern rain will continue for the next several days, with the focus for heavy precipitation gradually shifting eastward toward the southern Atlantic Coast. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 5 inches or more from western Florida into the southern Appalachians. Surrounding areas, extending as far north as the middle Atlantic and Great Lakes States, will experience occasional showers.

In contrast, dry weather will accompany summer-like heat across the nation’s mid-section. Late in the week, however, cooler weather and beneficial showers should begin to overspread the northern Plains.

Elsewhere, shower activity will gradually expand to cover much of the western U.S., although portions of California and the interior Northwest will remain mostly dry. Cool weather will accompany the Western showers.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures along and east of a line from the southern Rockies to the Dakotas, while cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail in much of the West.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across most of the country should contrast with drier-than-normal weather in northern New York, northern New England, and an area stretching from southeastern Arizona to southern and western Texas.