Seasonal heat, dry weather ahead for the Heartland

During the next couple of days, lingering wetness from the mid-South to the mid-Atlantic could lead to additional rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches. During the weekend, however, favorably drier air will overspread the wettest areas, as showers shift into the Deep South.

Meanwhile, scattered showers and locally severe thunderstorms will dot the northern Plains and upper Midwest through Friday, followed by a period of hot, dry weather.

Elsewhere, occasional showers will affect the Northwest, while dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days across the southern Plains and from California to the central and southern Rockies.

The Southwestern dryness will be accompanied by building heat, which could result in temperatures of 115° or higher by early next week in low-elevation deserts.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures and near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country.

Cooler-than-normal conditions will be confined to the Atlantic Coast States (excluding southern Florida) and the Gulf Coast region, while wetter-than-normal weather should be limited to a few areas, including New England, the Gulf Coast region, and the Pacific Northwest.

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