A somewhat quieter week of weather is in store for the US compared to last week, but that doesn’t mean there’s no weather to track. More rain and storms, some of which may be severe, will pop up even as warm and sunny weather dominates the Northeast. Here’s this week’s 5 Things to Watch:

Eastern US Severe:

Severe weather will threaten a large chunk of the eastern US on Monday, especially in the afternoon, when daytime heating and instability maximizes. That risk will span from parts of the Great Lakes, into the eastern Ohio River Valley, and down the Appalachian Mountains chain. There will be scattered showers and storms moving eastward near the Mississippi River in the morning, but as it runs into a more conducive atmosphere, the storms will turn severe. Damaging winds and small hail will be the main risks before the threat dwindles after sunset.

Better Week for Northeast:

The complaints about the endless cool and wet weather continued to roll in last week in the Northeast, but we have some good news to share with you. After a spectacular weekend of weather, the sun and warmth should continue for much of this coming week. Sure the humidity will increase to moderate to sometimes high levels by midweek for some areas, but overall the week will be dry, partly cloudy, and mild with high temperatures for many cities in the 80s and even 90s, especially in the Mid-Atlantic. Monday into Tuesday, however, a round of rain and thunderstorms will likely move through, but really the only chance for rain for the Northeast this week as of right now.

Unsettled Central US:

Unlike the drier weather pattern across the Northeast, the Central US will not get a break from a rain. It won’t be a washout any day this week across the region, but there will be repeated rounds of disorganized showers and thunderstorms. It’s summertime with the dominant heat and humidity, so the unsettled weather isn’t too unusual for this time of the year. Unfortunately, it’s been very wet this spring and summer so far, so the concern for flash flooding and river flooding will persist this week.

Above Average Temperatures for East:

A broad ridge of high pressure over the East this week will make for above average temperatures for most areas, especially from the northern Plains through the East Coast. Highs will generally be 5-10 degrees above average, which may not sound like much, but it is significant for the summertime when average is already hot. This will translate to widespread highs into the 80s and 90s. If you’re hoping for any temperatures below 70 degrees across the nation late-week, you’re going to have to get to the mountain peaks of the Rockies.

Potential Eastern Pacific Storm:

The first tropical cyclone of the eastern Pacific hurricane season may be brewing. The National Hurricane Center has highlighted an area of disturbed weather with a high chance of development well of the Mexican coastline this week. There is still yet to be a tropical storm to form in this basin. Thankfully, no direct impacts to land are expected.

Source: National Hurricane Center/NOAA

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