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Heat to build on the Plains; an active pattern continues

A Western hot spell will abruptly end during the weekend.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal temperatures will develop or continue across much of the central and eastern U.S. Relative to normal, the warmest weather will affect the Great Lakes region. In addition, temperatures by early next week will routinely approach, reach, or exceed the 100-degree mark across drought-affected sections of the central and southern High Plains.

During the next couple of days, a cold front will spark widespread showers and thunderstorms across the Midwest. Subsequently, another cold front will produce heavy precipitation across northern sections of the Rockies and Plains.

Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches or more in several areas, including the Midwest, the interior Southeast, and an area stretching from the northern Rockies to the Dakotas. In contrast, dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days from California to the Four Corners region.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10- day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures in coastal California and from the Plains to the East Coast, while cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail in much of the West.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal rainfall across the majority of the country should contrast with drier-than-normal weather in a few areas, including southern Texas, parts of the Southwest, and an area stretching from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast.

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