Heat wave to ease somewhat on the Plains, eastward
Over the next few days, a series of cold fronts will push across the Midwest and into the South and East. Showers and locally severe thunderstorms will precede and accompany the frontal passages, resulting in 5-day rainfall totals that could reach 1 to 3 inches. Farther west, however, only widely scattered showers will affect the High Plains, including drought-stricken sections of Montana and the Dakotas. Mostly dry weather will also persist in the Pacific Coast States, but monsoon-related showers could result in flash flooding in the Southwest. In the central and eastern U.S., heat and humidity will be gradually replaced by cooler conditions, while heat will intensify across California, the Great Basin, and the Northwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Northeast. Meanwhile, above-normal rainfall in the Southwest and most areas from the Mississippi River eastward should contrast with drier-than-normal weather across the central and southern Plains and the Pacific Northwest.
NOAA’s 6- to 10- Day Outlook
NOAA’s 8- to 14- Day Outlook
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