Heat wave pattern across the West, Southwest

Across the Corn Belt, temperatures have returned to near- or below-normal levels, following a recent spell of hot weather. In addition, recent widespread showers and thunderstorms have improved Midwestern topsoil moisture, favoring corn and soybean development.

On the Plains, favorably cooler weather prevails in the wake of a recent heat wave. On June 17, the maximum temperature of 112° in Lubbock, Texas, was the highest reading in that location since June 26, 2011. Early Monday, thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front linger across the southeastern Plains. Farther north, recent rains have improved crop prospects across portions of the northern Plains, although some areas remain dry.

In the South, a cold front is draped from the central Appalachians to Texas, accompanied by scattered showers and thunderstorms. In advance of the front, warm, humid, occasionally showery weather prevails.

In the West, extremely hot weather persists west of the Rockies, except along the immediate Pacific Coast. On Sunday, Palm Springs, California, noted a daily-record high of 116°. Excessive Heat Warnings remain in effect in California’s Central Valley and the Desert Southwest, with Monday’s highs expected to approach 120° in lower elevations of the latter region.

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