USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid crop development pace. "However, pockets of short-term dryness across the southern and eastern Corn Belt have led to increased stress on pastures and summer crops," USDA explains. In northeastern Missouri and environs, short-term dryness has been accompanied by hot weather, it continues.
In the West, USDA reports hot weather is starting to build into the Four Corners States, but cool conditions linger across California and the Northwest. "Isolated showers are confined to areas along the Pacific Coast as far south as northwestern California," USDA adds.
On the Plains, USDA says cooler air is spreading across Montana and North Dakota, following overnight thunderstorms. "Farther south, however, an early-season heat wave continues," USDA adds. For some locations on the central and southern Plains, today will mark a third consecutive day of 100-degree heat. The hot weather is spurring winter wheat maturation and harvesting, USDA explains.
In the South, USDA reports warm, humid weather accompanies widely scattered showers. "Recent rainfall has not been heavy enough to prevent further expansion of drought in an area broadly centered on the southern Appalachians," USDA continues.
In its outlook, USDA says during the next few days, hot weather will shift into the western U.S., bringing some relief from an early-season heat wave to the nation’s mid-section. "By early next week, temperatures above 120°F can be expected in parts of the Desert Southwest, while 100-degree readings should occur in valley locations as far north as Washington," USDA details. Early next week, USDA reports a surge of cool air will arrive across the Midwest and Northeast, preceded by scattered showers and thunderstorms. "Meanwhile, showers will linger into the weekend across the central and eastern Gulf Coast regions, where rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches," USDA continues.