Midwestern cities ready for waves of warm air

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Following rounds of wet, unsettled weather last week, the Midwest is in the midst of some relief as it has settled into an increasingly milder weather pattern. High temperatures ranged in the low to middle 70s for most to close out the weekend.

"A building area of high pressure over the Plains over this past weekend will bring a swing back to above-normal temperatures for the region, which will extend into midweek," explained AccuWeather Meteorologist Joseph Bauer.

In addition to above-normal temperatures, largely dry conditions and abundant sunshine will span across the Midwestern states. This shift will come as a relief to some Midwesterners, following the windy and chilly days that concluded the previous week.


This week will continue to bring a warm flow to the Midwest as high pressure continues to dominate the central U.S., leaving some tempted to turn on the AC for a period of time.

Temperatures on Monday across the Plains will not disappoint those that favor the warmth, as locations such as Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, Wichita, Kansas, and Des Moines, Iowa, will all range in the lower to middle 70s.

As Bauer explained, "Monday will be the day of most widespread warming, where much of the High Plains through the northern Plains will be 12-18 degrees Fahrenheit above normal."

"This will make for excellent conditions to finish harvest work or plant winter crops or just making it to the local pumpkin patch."

Farmers across the Midwest are likely to get a jump on the fall harvest during this span of pleasant weather. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), roughly 34% of the nation's soybean harvest was complete by early October, which is 8% ahead of pace. Additionally, about 29% of the nation's corn acreage was harvested already, which is about 7% ahead of average for this time of year.

By Tuesday, another pattern shift will take place across the Midwest as a southward dip the jet stream crosses over the Central states.

"A closed area of low pressure will emerge from the Rockies on Tuesday, bringing temperatures back down from west to east through the end of the workweek.", said Bauer.

Residents can expect rainfall to expand across portions of the Dakotas and Nebraska by midweek.

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