A pattern more typical of late July and early August is shaping up around the country, one with heat and humidity, but with fewer incidents of severe thunderstorms and flooding.
There will be plenty of heat and humidity from the southern Plains to the East Coast this week while much cooler air prevails for a time over the Northwest to the northern Plains.
Severe thunderstorms raked across the Midwest and Ohio Valley in the past 24 hours, with more on the way this afternoon. The pattern will repeat itself over the next week.
The strong upper-level ridge over the southern Plains will promote intense heat there, while it forces disturbances through the Midwest toward the Ohio Valley with severe thunderstorms to follow.
A strengthening upper-level ridge of high pressure over Texas and Oklahoma will dry out the Plains, but it will remain unsettled from the Dakotas to the central Appalachians, as the Northwest trends cooler.
A wet week lies ahead from the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley as a wavy front becomes the focal point for showers and thunderstorms containing flooding downpours.
Blocking over the Atlantic and in Europe is buckling the jet stream over the central and eastern U.S. to extend the cool and wet weather the rest of the week and into the weekend.