Chances of heavy rainfall and flash floods will reach the Mississippi Valley by later Friday and into Saturday as severe weather continues to persist across the central Plains, according to the National Weather Service.
Meanwhile, the interior Northwest and parts of the East Coast can expect more hot weather, with Arizona still experiencing excessive heat warnings and critical fire risk.
Here’s a look at the U.S. forecast going into Friday.
Thunderstorms across the Mississippi Valley will bring the risk of flash floods in areas such as southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, AccuWeather meteorologist John Feerick told USA TODAY. However, it’s not out of the question that severe storms will make their way farther east, Feerick said.
High moisture in the atmosphere could also cause thunderstorms with flooding downpours, isolated wind gusts and flash flooding across Missouri and southern Illinois Friday afternoon.
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“Storms there could dump one to two inches of rain and in a matter of 30 minutes to an hour, in a very short period of time,” Feerick told USA TODAY.
Below are the areas with expected severe weather that could lead to possible flash flood warnings later Friday:
In terms of the brutal summer heat, Feerick said people can expect more of the same.
The NWS reports southern Arizona is still under excessive heat warnings while the northern part of the state holds the risk of critical fire weather due to the combination of heat with dry and windy conditions.
Southern Florida could challenge daily heat records over the next couple of days, according to the NWS.