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Abnormally dry conditions expand this week

The latest Drought Monitor, released this morning, shows that while areas of moderate (D1) and severe (D2) drought expanded only slightly across the region this week, a much larger area of abnormally dry conditions (D0) is now present across the Southeast, including Virginia. This is due to the relatively light rainfall coupled with the much hotter than normal temperatures. It should be a little more mild next week but still above normal, and rainfall will be concentrated for the next few days along and to the south of the front that is currently draped through central Alabama and Georgia.