The final weekend of September will feel more like the middle of summer than early fall. Even tonight will feel like a summer night with lows in the mid 60s to lower 70s under mostly clear skies. Highs this weekend will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s. For the most part it will stay dry. A shower or two can't be ruled out for southern and eastern Kentucky later in the day Saturday and Sunday.
Hot and dry will remain the top headline going into next week. A ridge of high pressure will amplify over the eastern US. The core of the ridge will drift northward and tighten up over the Ohio Valley. The heat will intensify and the sun will shine brighter. There will be several days next week where daily record highs could fall. The drought will only worsen during this stretch. A little bit of hope will come with a cold front on Thursday, which will carry a small shower chance then be followed up by more seasonal temperatures.
While we are dealing with full-on summer, the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies are bracing for a major early season winter storm and near-record cold. In between stormy weather will fire up across the Plains.