In the West, warm weather is returning to Wyoming, the Great Basin, and the Four Corners States, increasing the risk of wildfire activity. Meanwhile, cool, showery weather is slowing Northwestern fieldwork and crop development.

On the Plains, beneficial shower activity across eastern Colorado and western Nebraska is diminishing. Dry weather prevails elsewhere, except for a few showers on Montana’s High Plains.

In the Corn Belt, showers are confined to northernmost areas, including parts of Wisconsin. Diminishing topsoil moisture remains a concern with respect to summer crops in a broad area, primarily from Nebraska to Ohio.

In the South, beneficial showers stretch along the Gulf Coast from eastern Texas to Florida. Farther north, however, drought continues to develop and intensify across the Mid-South, maintaining heavy irrigation demands in the northern Delta and increasing stress on pastures and rain-fed summer crops.

Outlook: For the remainder of the day, significant rainfall will be confined to the Gulf Coast region and the nation’s northern tier. During the weekend, a cold front will spark showers and thunderstorms across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Early next week, scattered showers will overspread the remainder of the Midwest, although rainfall will be generally light. Meanwhile, heavy rain will begin to expand northward across the Southeast. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 6 inches from the central and eastern Gulf Coast into the Southeast. Totals across the North and Midwest will be mostly an inch or less. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 13-17 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the southern Atlantic region and along the Pacific Coast. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall in the Rio Grande Valley and the middle Mississippi Valley will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across northern portions of the Rockies and Plains and in the Gulf and Atlantic Coast States.