In the West, showers are mostly confined to the southern Rockies. Elsewhere, a heat wave is underway, except along the Pacific Coast. With the pattern change, the greatest threat of wildfire development or expansion has shifted into the interior Northwest.

On the Plains, cloudy, showery, and substantially cooler weather prevails from Nebraska to Texas. The pattern change is easing stress on pastures and summer crops. Farther north, however, hot weather is returning to the northern High Plains.

In the Corn Belt, favorably cooler weather prevails. In addition, weekend showers provided desperately needed moisture to some drought-stricken pastures and summer crops in the lower Midwest. Currently, a few showers linger across the southernmost Corn Belt, in the vicinity of the Ohio River.

In the South, scattered, highly beneficial showers are encroaching from the north and west. However, hot conditions persist across much of the Southeast, in advance of an approaching cold front.

Outlook: East of the Rockies, a reprieve from extreme heat will last much of the week, except on the northern Plains. Meanwhile, hot weather on the northern Plains will slowly expand to encompass the central and southern High Plains by week’s end. Much of the West, excluding the southern Rockies, will experience several days of record-setting heat. Generally dry weather will prevail through week’s end across the North and much of the West. However, monsoon showers could result in 1 to 2 inches of rain in the southern Rockies. Elsewhere, heavy showers (locally 2 to 4 inches or more) can be expected from the western Gulf region into the southern Mid-Atlantic States, but only light rain is forecast north of the Ohio River. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for July 14-18 calls for a return to hotter-than-normal weather nationwide, except for below-normal temperatures in the south-central U.S. Meanwhile, drier-than-normal conditions across much of the northern and western U.S. will contrast with near- to above-normal rainfall in parts of the Four Corners region and from the western Gulf Coast region into the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States.