Millions of people in the central United States dealing with relentless severe thunderstorms and downpours will have to continue to weather the volatile pattern a while longer.
Nearly daily rounds of severe thunderstorms are likely to continue on the Plains through next week.
"A large number of storm systems will continue to roll out of the West and into a zone of warmth and high humidity through much of the first week of June," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
All aspects of severe weather, ranging from damaging wind gusts and large hail to isolated tornadoes and flash flooding, are likely to continue.
The spring severe weather season got off to a late start this year and will continue through much of June, Pastelok stated.
However, there is some good news for those weary of severe weather in parts of the Plains.
There will be a temporary shift in the pattern centered on the second week of June.
"We expect a push of dry air to sweep southward across the Central states, beginning on or around June 6," Pastelok said.
The drop in humidity levels will reduce the frequency of severe thunderstorms over the central and northern Plains to the middle and upper parts of the Mississippi Valley.
During June, there is usually a downturn in the amount of storm systems that results in less frequent severe weather events, when compared to April and into May.
There will still likely be severe weather events in part the Central and Southern states, however.
As a result, damaging thunderstorms and flooding could revisit some locations hit early this spring.
"Complexes of severe and drenching storms are likely to occur along the foothills of the Rockies to the Deep South," Pastelok said. "This includes areas from central and southern Texas to Florida and Georgia."
During the third week of June, a return of frequent severe weather over the Plains and Mississippi Valley is anticipated. This would occur as humid air floods northward and the onslaught of storm systems resumes from the West.
A downturn in severe weather and rounds of rain is forecast for the heart of summer in the North Central states.
"We still anticipate heat and dryness to develop and expand over much of the north-central U.S. this summer," according to AccuWeather Senior Agricultural Meteorologist Dale Mohler.
The anticipated dryness could negatively impact crop production.
"In the short term, frequent rainfall and wet soil conditions in some areas have been delaying planting operations," Mohler said.
Crops that are planted later than usual in the spring could be more prone to negative impact from mid- to late-season dry spells.