July outlooks forecast heat and rains for Corn Belt

A National Weather Service meteorologist says summertime heat is expected to return to the Corn Belt.

Ed Shimon says forecasts show above normal temperatures are likely this month.

“There’s a pretty strong heat wave in the western third of the United States, and that’s going to start to shift to the east for the middle part of the month.”  He says, “Impactful heat is going to be around for that. The week 3-4 outlook has, you know, above normal temperatures again. So, we’re probably not going to see a whole lot of cool temperatures here the rest of the month.”

He tells Brownfield July precipitation projections are also above normal.

“We’re showing a trend for above normal precipitation and that takes us all the way through the 21st of July. So that’s a good sign.”  He says, “The normal means about an inch of rain a week in the summer.”

Shimon says the precipitation should help ease the drought stress experienced in June in parts of the eastern Corn Belt.

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