A somewhat cooler weather pattern across the eastern half of the U.S. will be replaced by a weekend return to heat in the South. Later, a strong surge of cool air will arrive across the Plains and Midwest early next week. Showers will linger through week’s end in the southern Atlantic region, where additional rainfall could locally reach 2 to 4 inches. Farther west, showers and locally severe thunderstorms will return to the Midwest in conjunction with the push of cool air, with rainfall expected to range from 1 to 3 inches in numerous locations. Elsewhere, little or no rain will fall during the next 5 days across the southern Plains and the Pacific Coast States, with record-setting heat expected in the latter region.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures from the northern and central Plains eastward to the northern and mid-Atlantic States, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail across the West and Deep South. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall in the western Gulf Coast region and from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes region will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the Great Basin and from the Four Corners States eastward to the southern Atlantic region.