Some Heat Relief
By Don Day, Jr., Meteorologist
Many areas of the nation have had some very hot weather since last days of June and into the first week of July. This has been especially true in the central and northeast areas of the nation. The graphic below shows temperatures relative to average since July 1. The orange and red areas show the warmer than normal temperatures. The gray areas show the most extreme heat in the New England area and portions of the Great Lakes. The blue area in the Northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest shows temperatures have not been as hot.
While temperatures will be quite hot this week over most of the nation, cooler temperatures will develop in the Rockies and Central Plains by late this weekend and early next week. Beef producers suffering through some heat recently in the Rockies, Plains and Corn Belt should have some relief on the way. The graphic below is a temperature forecast from this upcoming weekend and into the following week. Notice the large area of blue (cooler than normal temperatures) from the east slopes of the Rockies and into Midwest.
Both the West Coast and East Coast remain very warm (yellow areas) but the nation’s midsection will cool off with the help of a cold front or two and increased chances for showers and thunderstorms.