A series of disturbances crossing the northern half of the nation will remain the focus for widespread showers and thunderstorms from the northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic States, resulting in 5-day rainfall totals of 1 to 3 inches or more. Toward week’s end, a strong cold front will produce a final round of heavy rain, followed by unseasonably cool conditions, across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Weekend minimum temperatures near 40° are possible across the northern High Plains. In advance of the late-week cold front, heat will briefly surge northward, resulting in several days of temperatures near 95° as far north as the southern Corn Belt. Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will persist across the south-central U.S., while cooler air will continue to overspread the West.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures from the Rockies to the upper Great Lakes region, while hotter-than-normal conditions will dominate New England, the Far West, and the Deep South. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall in southern and western Texas and the Pacific Northwest will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in most areas east of the Rockies.