Fair, pleasant weather covers much of the Heartland; focus shifting into the Southeast U.S.

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and pleasant temperatures favor summer crop development and maturation.  About a week ago, on August 20, more than one-third (35%) of the U.S. corn had dented and 4% of the crop was fully mature.  Monday’s high temperatures should range from near 75°F in Michigan to 90°F in parts of the middle Missouri Valley. 

On the Plains, warm, mostly dry weather continues to promote fieldwork, including Northern spring wheat harvesting, and summer crop maturation.  Any showers are limited to the central and southern High Plains.   

In the South, historic heat continued in the western and central Gulf Coast States through the weekend, with all-time records tied or broken on August 27 in Texas locations such as College Station (112°F), Lufkin (111°F), and Houston (109°F), as well as New Orleans, Louisiana (105°F).  Cooler air is arriving Monday, accompanied by a few thundershowers, although temperatures will still top 100°F in parts of the western Gulf Coast region.  Meanwhile, producers in Florida are preparing for the arrival of Idalia, which has begun to drift northward and will soon enter the eastern Gulf of Mexico. 

In the West, a late-season heat wave dominates areas west of the Rockies.  Dry weather accompanies the heat, with any precipitation confined to the central and southern Rockies.  Monday’s high temperatures will top 115°F in parts of the Desert Southwest and could reach 100°F as far north as eastern Washington.  Several Northwestern wildfires continue   to generate widespread smoke and reduced air quality, especially in western Oregon and environs. 

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