In the West, dry weather and near- to above-normal temperatures favor fieldwork and crop development, except along the immediate Pacific Coast.
On the Plains, the latest round of rain lingers across northern areas, particularly in eastern North Dakota. Unusually cool weather across the northern half of the Plains contrasts with relentless heat on the drought-ravaged southern High Plains. On Sunday, all-time-record highs were set or tied in several Texas communities, including Childress (117°F), Borger (113°F), and Amarillo (111°F).
In the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are slowing the early stages of the Midwestern soft red winter wheat harvest but maintaining abundant moisture reserves for corn and soybeans.
In the South, scattered showers and thunderstorms are providing local drought relief in the southern Atlantic region. Drought and hot conditions continue unabated, however, in the western and central Gulf Coast regions.
Outlook: Hot weather will prevail for the remainder of the week from the southern Plains into the Southeast, but heat will also briefly overspread the northern Plains—mainly on June 28-29. The same brief (2- to 3-day) surge of heat will affect the Midwest toward week’s end. Elsewhere, rapid temperature fluctuations can be expected in the West. Little or no rain will fall for the remainder of the week across the central one-third of the U.S., but scattered totals of 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, will occur in the Pacific Northwest and from the Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic Coast. Florida’s peninsula may experience some heavier rain. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for July 2-6 calls for hotter-than-normal weather across the western and southern U.S., while near- to below-normal temperatures will prevail across Florida’s peninsula and from the Midwest into the Northeast. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the nation will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the central Rockies and the Northeast.