Rain is in East's Forecast over Next Five Days
Weather Summary: During the past week, a strong and persistent area of high pressure dominated the circulation over the western half of the lower 48 states while extending northward to eastern Alaska. That upper-level high pressure area brought much above-normal temperatures to most of the West and Alaska, with some areas breaking heat records. Upper-level low pressure was entrenched over the eastern third of the lower 48 states, bringing copious amounts of rain (1.0 – 8.6 inches) to places east of the Mississippi River.
Looking Ahead: The next five days (July 3-7) favor wet weather across most of the eastern half of the nation, with heavy rains forecast from the Gulf Coast to the Central Appalachians and portions of the Northeast. Some rains associated with the southwest monsoon are also likely during the next five days. Generally, less than 1.0 inch of rain is forecast across the Great Plains and Pacific Northwest.
For the ensuing five days (July 8-12), the odds favor above-median precipitation over northern Alaska, the southern Rockies, portions of the Great Plains, and from the central Gulf Coast across the Tennessee Valley to the Northeast. Dry conditions are likely across the Pacific Northwest, the Alaskan Panhandle and the immediate Southeast coast. Temperatures are likely to be above normal west of the Continental Divide, and across the northeast, with below-normal temperatures favored over the center of the lower 48 states.