Hot weather is coming to close out June, continuing a pattern that has been existence since May 1, according to T-storm Weather in Chicago. Unlike the cool summer last year, the government's long-range weather models are pointing to warmer weather through August.
The next five days will see Midwest temperatures rise as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, with little rain in the heart of the Corn Belt. Temperatures will cool to slightly above normal and some showers will develop June 18 through June 20 to ease soil moisture evaporation. Amounts could total from 0.5 inch to 1.5 inches across much of the Midwest early next week before hot and drier patterns returns after June 22. Wettest areas will be focused across the northwest half of region as moisture remnants from Tropical Depression Bud moves up out of Mexico.
Next week's heat wave will be supported by seasonally rising temperatures, allowing the high pressure ridge to expand more than the upcoming wave of hot weather. Development of a larger ridge will tend to cut off moisture in the Midwest, depending on its size and location, said Mike Tannura, the president of T-storm Weather. Confidence is high for the warming trend, with lower confidence on the drier outlook.
``Between now and next week's heat wave there will be some rain around'' to prevent immediate expansion of drought conditions, Tannura said.