USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, scattered but highly beneficial shower activity is occurring across the upper Mississippi Valley. "Meanwhile, cloudy weather prevails along the Ohio River," USDA adds. Across the remainder of the Midwest, USDA reports extremely dry conditions and near- to above-normal temperatures are maintaining severe stress on reproductive summer crops.
In the West, USDA says an active monsoon pattern features scattered showers from the Desert Southwest to the interior Northwest. "Heat lingers across the northern half of the region, where numerous large wildfires are in various stages of containment," USDA explains.
On the Plains, hot, mostly dry weather is maintaining stress on both rain-fed and irrigated summer crops, USDA says. It continues, "Across the northern Plains, heat is also promoting winter wheat maturation."
In the South, USDA says widespread cloudiness and scattered showers accompany near- to below-normal temperatures. "Drought-easing showers are heaviest across parts of the interior Southeast, including eastern Kentucky," USDA explains.
USDA's outlook says during the weekend and early next week, heat will persist on the Plains and intensify across much of the East and Midwest. "Several days of 100-degree heat can be expected on the central Plains, and triple-digit readings may briefly return to the upper Midwest," USDA reports. During the next five days, little or no rain can be expected on the Plains and across the driest areas of the southern and eastern Corn Belt, according to USDA. Meanwhile, scattered showers will affect the Intermountain West and the upper Midwest, USDA says. "Across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, additional rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches," it continues.