Weather report: Hot conditions return to the northern High Plains

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In the West, cool conditions linger along and near the Pacific Coast. Elsewhere, warm, mostly dry weather is promoting crop development and fieldwork, including Northwestern small grain harvesting.

On the Plains, beneficial showers linger across southern areas, mainly in parts of Texas. Meanwhile, hot weather is returning to the northern half of the High Plains, where small grain harvesting continues.

In the Corn Belt, isolated showers are mainly confined to the Great Lakes region. Midwestern temperatures have temporarily fallen to below-normal levels in the wake of recent shower activity, although the majority of the region's corn and soybeans remain in desperate need of additional moisture.

In the South, scattered showers in the vicinity of a cold front are moving across northern portions of the region. Showers are especially beneficial in the drought-stricken Mid-South, including Arkansas. Meanwhile, very hot weather persists in the Southeast.

Outlook: During the weekend, hot weather will return to the Plains and persist across the South. During the early to middle part of next week, above-normal temperatures will once again encompass much of the nation, with multiple days of triple-digit heat expected across the central and southern Plains and the Mid-South. Precipitation will be widely scattered across the Plains and Midwest, with most locations receiving less than an inch during the next 5 days. Somewhat heavier rain, as much as 1 to 2 inches, could fall in the East and Southwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for August 1-5 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-thannormal conditions along the Pacific Coast. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall across much of the Plains and the Northwest will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in Arizona and from the upper Midwest southeastward into the Mid-Atlantic States.

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