In the West, mild, dry weather in most areas favors fieldwork and crop growth. However, cool weather lingers in the Northwest, where scattered showers and thunderstorms are developing.

On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails. However, major flooding continues in parts of the northcentral U.S. For example, record-high water levels in the Souris River basin are threatening Minot, North Dakota’s fourth-largest city. In stark contrast, heat and drought are maintaining severe stress on the southern High Plains’ rangeland, pastures, and summer crops.

In the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails in the wake of recent shower activity. Scattered showers linger in the Great Lakes region, particularly across Wisconsin and Michigan.

In the South, drought-stressed pastures and summer crops are benefiting from recent and ongoing topsoil moisture improvements. Dry weather is returning to the western Gulf Coast region, but showers and thunderstorms stretch from the southern Appalachians to the central Gulf Coast.

Outlook: A weakening storm system over the Great Lakes region will continue to produce scattered showers and thunderstorms in the East through Friday. Meanwhile, a new storm over the northern Rockies will drift eastward, resulting in a return to showery weather on the northern Plains during the weekend. Scattered weekend showers will also affect the middle and upper Mississippi Valley and portions of the Southeast. Meanwhile, extreme heat will return to the south-central U.S. during the weekend and early next week, while dry weather will prevail in the West. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 28 – July 2 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Pacific Coast States. Meanwhile, above-normal rainfall in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from the lower Great Lakes region into the Northeast and from southern California to the southern High Plains.