A quiet, comfortable pattern ahead for the Corn Belt
Hot, dry conditions will persist across much of the West for the remainder of the week, promoting fieldwork but maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and immature summer crops. Heat will further intensify in the Desert Southwest, while briefly cooler weather will affect the Northwest around mid-week. Hot, dry weather will extend as far east as the High Plains.
Meanwhile, active weather will soon return across the western Corn Belt, where 5-day rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches. Increasingly wet weather will also develop in the middle and southern Atlantic States. In fact, excessive rainfall (locally 5 inches or more) could lead to flash flooding across the eastern slopes of the central and southern Appalachians.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions from the middle Mississippi Valley to the central Appalachians.
Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Pacific Northwest and portions of the Gulf and Atlantic Coast States.