Posted July 15, 2018 8:37 p.m. EDT
A warm and steamy summer day is in store Monday for the Northeast. While New England should enjoy largely sunny and dry conditions, New York and the Middle Atlantic can expect building clouds and afternoon storms.
Similarly humid and stormy conditions are expected to spread over the Midwest and the Tennessee Valley. Showers and storms will develop early and persist throughout the day, producing periodic downpours and gusty winds. Low humidity and sunshine will prevail across the Upper Midwest, resulting in a pleasant day.
Seasonable afternoon thunderstorms will dot Florida, Georgia and South Carolina while heavier storms affect Alabama and Mississippi. High heat and strong sunshine will bake the southern Plains. Temperatures across Texas will surpass 100 degrees, while spotty storms in the central Plains should limit rising temperatures.
Afternoon storms are expected throughout the Rockies and over the Desert Southwest. This may result in flash flooding and dust storms in New Mexico. The West will continue to be hot and sunny.
Focus: Heat Wave to Build Across the Plains
A strong high-pressure system will shield the Southern Plains from thunderstorms and allow intense heat to build across the region this week. Temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees above normal, with highs between 95 and 105.