USDA: Above-Normal Temps to Return Next Week

08:17AM Jul 27, 2012

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, isolated showers are mainly confined to the Great Lakes region. "Midwestern temperatures have temporarily fallen to below-normal levels in the wake of recent shower activity, although the majority of the region's corn and soybeans remain in desperate need of additional moisture, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says cool conditions linger along and near the Pacific Coast. "Elsewhere, warm, mostly dry weather is promoting crop development and fieldwork, including Northwestern small grain harvesting," USDA reports.

On the Plains, USDA says beneficial showers linger across southern areas, mainly in parts of Texas. "Meanwhile, hot weather is returning to the northern half of the High Plains, where small grain harvesting continues," USDA adds.

In the South, scattered showers in the vicinity of a cold front are moving across northern portions of the region, USDA reports. "Showers are especially beneficial in the drought-stricken Mid-South, including Arkansas," USDA elaborates. Meanwhile, very hot weather persists in the Southeast, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says during the weekend, hot weather will return to the Plains and persist across the South. "During the early to middle part of next week, above-normal temperatures will once again encompass much of the nation, with multiple days of triple-digit heat expected across the central and southern Plains and the Mid-South," USDA reports. "Precipitation will be widely scattered across the Plains and Midwest, with most locations receiving less than an inch during the next five days," USDA explains. Somewhat heavier rain, as much as 1 to 2 inches, could fall in the East and Southwest, it continues.