Hot and dry will be the story for the period. Subtropical ridge firmly entrenched over the region will keep any rain chances at bay. We will see well above average temps through with it more like July than October. Heat index values will push 100 each day as well in spots.
Period begins with a ridge setup over the southeastern half of the country and trough out west. In between an active weather pattern will exist with rain and thunderstorms seen, mostly in the Plains. Over the weekend the high will contract somewhat allowing Gulf moisture to deepen and a stalled front to inch towards the state. This will help to bring scattered convection to the forecast area as well as to lower temps...slightly.
Beyond the weekend, things diverge greatly with some guidance showing a progressive pattern with others showing amplified. Will take a middle of the road approach, and will keep a contracting and subtracting ridge in the forecast with a front wobbling back and forth through the region. Some days allowing rainfall, others will be dry. Regardless, I do not foresee a cooldown anywhere in the next 7-10 days.