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Mid-Summer-like Heat Wave on southern Plains

On the Plains, record-setting warmth prevails across the southern half of the region, maintaining stress on drought-affected rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat, and further reducing soil moisture. Monday’s high temperatures should range from 90 to 100° across a broad area of the southern Plains. Meanwhile, isolated rain showers accompany near-normal temperatures across the northern Plains.

Across the Corn Belt, a cluster of showers and thunderstorms is producing locally heavy rain from Illinois into Ohio. Meanwhile, warm air is spreading across the western half of the Corn Belt, with Monday’s high temperatures expected to top 80° as far north as the lower Missouri Valley.

In the South, cool conditions linger in the Atlantic Coast States, where Frost and Freeze Warnings were in effect early Monday in parts of the Carolinas. In addition, Southeastern producers continue to monitor the impact of the significant March 15-17 freezes on a variety of crops, including fruits and winter wheat. Warm air is overspreading the remainder of the region, especially the mid-South.

In the West, scattered showers are overspreading northern California and the Northwest, accompanied by cooler conditions. Warm, dry weather persists across the remainder of the region, including the Southwest.

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