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Warmer, drier weather forecast for Midwest in next 10 days

Rising temperatures not yet a concern, meteorologist says.

A warm-up is on the way for farmers in the Midwest in the next seven to 10 days, a marked change from the past few days when Tropical Storm Cristobal blew through the region.

Temperatures are expected to rise early next week after a quiet weekend, said David Streit, a meteorologist with and founder of Commodity Weather Group.

“It’s going to be pretty quiet the rest of this week and through the weekend with temperatures on the mild side,” he said. “Next week it’ll warm up substantially, but it’s too early for the heat to do too much damage at this point.”

The good news is the dry weather will give rivers that have overrun their banks after the tropical storm moved north a chance to recede, Streit said.

Precipitation is in the six- to 10-day outlook for the Corn Belt, with the northern half expected to see rain. In the 11- to 15-day outlook, storms may make their way into the southern half of the Midwest, he said.  

Further out, a drier trend could move into the Corn Belt, which could raise some eyebrows.

“It does look like we’re going to see a warmer and drier trend in the western third of the Midwest as we get toward late June and into the first 10 days of July,” Streit said. “That will start to get people’s attention.”

CWG said in a report that heat likely will rebuild in the central and southern Plains next week. Hot, dry weather will aid late-maturing winter wheat, the forecaster said, and likely will help farmers get the hard-red crop out of the ground.

About 7% of the crop was harvested as of Sunday, on par with the prior five-year average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s up from 3% the previous week.

In Kansas, the biggest producer of hard-red winter wheat in the U.S., farmers haven’t yet started harvesting in earnest. In Oklahoma, the second-biggest grower of the variety, 19% was already in the bin, in line with the normal pace for this time of year, the USDA said.

Weather in the Delta region looks about the same as in the Midwest, according to forecasters from Maxar.

Some showers are expected in southeastern parts of the region Thursday, but a dry pattern will prevail through the weekend, a shift from the precipitation for the past few days, meteorologist Donald Keeney said in a report.

“Drier weather through the weekend will allow wetness in northwestern and southeastern areas to ease,” he said.  

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