In the West, generally hot weather prevails, except for cool conditions along the Pacific Coast. Showers are widely scattered and mostly confined to the Four Corners States and the Northwest.
On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails. Hot weather is returning to the northern Plains, while temperatures have fallen slightly from record-setting levels on the southern Plains. Wildfire containment efforts continue in Oklahoma, where recent blazes have destroyed dozens of homes. Currently, the largest blaze is the 58,000-acre McNac fire (approximately 40% contained), about 10 miles north of Bristow, Oklahoma.
In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent rainfall. Weekend showers, which were scattered but totaled an inch or more in various parts of the Midwest, including the middle Mississippi Valley, arrived largely too late to help corn but aided drought-stressed soybeans.
In the South, scattered showers and thunderstorms are currently heaviest in parts of Florida. Southeastern rainfall continues to benefit pastures and immature summer crops.
Outlook: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will linger for much of the week in the Southeast, where 1- to 3- inch rainfall totals can be expected. Meanwhile, another cold front will cross the Midwest, generating mid-week showers that could locally total an inch or more. Elsewhere, isolated showers will continue in the Southwest, but mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end across the southern Plains and the Northwest. During the next several days, record-setting heat will shift to the northern High Plains and much of the West, while cooler-thannormal weather will overspread the Midwest during the second half of the week. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for August 11-15 calls for above-normal temperatures across much of the western and central U.S., while cooler-thannormal conditions will prevail from the central Gulf Coast northeastward into the lower Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the nation will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Great Lakes region and the Gulf and Atlantic Coast States.