Cooler, drier air ahead for the Corn Belt; heat wave to shift into the West, Southwest

Lingering Midwestern showers and thunderstorms should end later Friday, followed by a protracted period of cooler, drier weather.  Although scattered Midwestern showers are forecast to return early next week, many areas may remain dry. 

In contrast, heavy showers will shift into the Southeast, where 5-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches or more, especially from the Gulf Coast (southeastern Louisiana to western Florida) to the coastal Carolinas. 

Meanwhile, heat in the southcentral U.S. should peak during the weekend and early next week, with frequent high temperatures above 100°F and spotty readings above 105°F.  Little or no rain will accompany the southern Plains’ heat. 

Hot, dry weather will also prevail during the next 5 days in much of the West. 

Elsewhere, Midwestern temperatures should remain below 90°F during the next 5 days, except for brief periods of higher readings in the southern and western Corn Belt. 

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