Statewide Iowa — High temperatures in the southwestern US are forecast to climb as high as 118 degrees over the next few days and there are fears that extreme heat could expand into the Midwest.
Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, says he’s concerned Iowa’s drought conditions will continue to worsen.
Forecasters are calling for warmer-than-normal highs this week across Iowa, again, in the 80s and 90s with little chance for rain. Summer starts this coming weekend so we’re heading into the hot months.
The computer forecast models are still not providing a clear picture of what may lie ahead.
The latest drought monitor shows about 90-percent of Iowa is in abnormally dry or drought conditions, with more than half the state under moderate to severe drought.