2018 Long Range Weather Forecast for Heartland


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See long range weather forecasts for the next 60 days from The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Our long range forecasts can be used to make more informed decisions about future plans that depend on the weather, from vacations and weddings to sporting events and outdoor activities.

To see long term forecasts for the entire year, pick up a copy of the annual Old Farmer’s Almanac, available online and in stores.

Note: Long range forecasts are regional, not city-specific. If your city is located inside a region, the region's forecast will apply to you.

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March 2018 Long Range Weather Forecast for Heartland
DatesWeather Conditions
Mar 1-7Rainy periods, warm
Mar 8-11Sunny, cool
Mar 12-24Rainy periods, turning warm
Mar 25-31Showers, cool
Marchtemperature 47° (3° above avg.)
precipitation 3.5" (1" above avg.)

April 2018 Long Range Weather Forecast for Heartland
DatesWeather Conditions
Apr 1-6Rain to snow, then sunny, cool
Apr 7-15Rainy, turning mild
Apr 16-21Sunny north, rainy periods south; turning cool
Apr 22-27Rain, then sunny, cool
Apr 28-30Rainy
Apriltemperature 53° (1° below avg.)
precipitation 5.5" (2" above avg.)

Annual Weather Summary: November 2017 to October 2018

Winter will be milder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be from late November into early December, from late December into early January, and in early February. The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, early to mid- and late December, and early February. April and May will be cooler and rainier than normal. Summer will be hotter than normal, with slightly below normal rainfall. The hottest periods will be in early and late June, early and late July, and mid-August. September and October will be warmer and rainier than normal.

Map showing Old Farmer's Almanac long range weather region number 10

About the Heartland Region

The Heartland long range weather region includes all or part of the following states: ILLINOIS (Alton, Galesburg, Moline, Quincy, Rock Island), IOWA (Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Sioux City, Waterloo), KANSAS (Kansas City, Olathe, Overland Park, Topeka, Wichita), MISSOURI (Columbia, Independence, Kansas City, Saint Louis, Springfield), NEBRASKA (Bellevue, Fremont, Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha), SOUTH DAKOTA (Canton, Lennox, North Sioux City, Vermillion, Yankton), WISCONSIN (Baraboo, Fitchburg, Madison, Middleton, Monroe).

Heartland Neighboring Regions

Here are the regions that neighbor the Heartland long range weather region:

Temperature and Precipitation November 2017 to October 2018

Temperature and Precipitation Graph

Reader Comments

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summer wedding

We are getting married June 22nd 2018. Outside in Monticello wis. Can u please tell us what the weather maybe looking like. Thanks much

Monticello, WI, wedding forecast

The community is almost exactly where regions 6, 9, and 10 collide, so we are taking a look at the forecast for all three regions for that day (and you should, too). Broadly speaking, it should be warm to hot, but there is the chance of thundershowers. (If you are planning an outdoor event, we always advise that you rent a tent.) Congratulations and best wishes!

train travel from Cleveland oh to Burlington Ia, roundtrip

Would love some advise. Only thinking about possible train trip for aboce cities in March 2018, best dates for best weather? Judy

March 2018 weather

The March 2018 weather forecast is above, Judy. For more detail than appears on this page, try the 7-day forecast: https://www.almanac.com/weather/forecast

Difficult to rely on this year

I find this year's forecast difficult to rely on. "Winter will be milder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall." "The snowiest periods will be in mid-November, early to mid- and late December, and early February." If this area gets this much snow fall, particularly during mid-November, then Winter cannot be mild. Secondly, in Omaha, we have had snow on the ground since Christmas, with the exception of 2 days - its the 2nd of February now, and its been unusually cold. I think the weather has pulled a trick on ya.

difficult to rely on?

The weather forecasts are deviations from normal weather conditions. For more on that, see here: https://www.almanac.com/content/how-we-predict-weather

What’s more, “Mild” is relative: Mild in Florida is not the same temp as Mild in Michigan in January or February. (I know; you’re not in Michigan but the point is, it’s a relative term—and it relates back to the idea of norms or averages.

We do not predict or account for “snow on the ground,” but if that’s what you’ve got, then it must be cold…so maybe it’s not mild, even relatively speaking. But we have not process for checking every aspect of our prediction accuracy at any given time (like now).

Thanks for sharing your thoughts—and experience, though.


We are planning a June 23, 2018 in St Louis, MO. What will the weather be like that day.

August Wedding

We have a wedding planned for August 11, 2018. Will this fall in that period of much hotter temperatures? We are hoping for an outdoor ceremony.

Temp & precip

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