It will be a cool week ahead for most of the nation from the Rockies east to the plains, Corn Belt and Midwest. July is already half over with no prolonged heat wave expected in the short term.
As we look ahead into August all indications suggest that the trends we have experienced in June and July will continue through the month of August. Therefore, wherever you live the weather trends you have had so far this summer will likely persist through the month of August. The map below shows our temperature outlook for the month of August.
Expect cooler than normal August temperatures in portions of the Desert Southwest, Rockies and especially in the northern plains east in the Great Lakes. Elsewhere, the far west will remain warmer than normal as well as in and along the Gulf Coast and southeast. Across the Midwest and Corn Belt near average temperatures will be good news for crops there.
Our outlook for August precipitation is highlighted below. A large portion of the U.S. should have near to above normal precipitation chances across the Rockies, Desert Southwest, northern plains and portions of the western Corn Belt. The areas that have been dry this summer will continue those trends, especially in the far west and northwest.