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UPDATED 7:45 AM EDT, July 7, 2011

UPDATED By WeatherBug's Paul Miller

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With the abbreviated work week heading to a conclusion, many residents across the U.S. will see more dangerous storms today. Meanwhile, the West Coast will see its recent trend of unseasonable warmth persist, while the Mississippi Valley could be in for a soaking.

WeatherBug Meteorologist has the latest on today's weather in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

The Pacific Coast will see unabated early-July sunshine heading into the home stretch of the workweek. The mercury will rise well into the 70s and 80s, with even a few lower 90s common for the Columbia Basin in eastern Washington. The sky will cloud up in Seattle, however, where a few nuisance showers will keep the mercury from hitting the 70-degree mark. On the other, eastern side of the Cascades, severe storms will likely develop in the Intermountain West by sunset. Any storms that fire will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts and large hail.

Along the Canadian border, temperatures will climb into the 80s and even the 90s in Montana and the Dakotas. Although skies will start off mostly sunny, scattered thunderstorms will begin casting shadows across the landscape during the afternoon. A smattering of afternoon storms will overspread most of the central Plains, Rocky Mountains, Great Basin and Desert Southwest.

Mostly cloudy skies will keep highs in the lower to middle 80s in the central Plains. Just to the south, the mercury will rocket to 101 degrees in Oklahoma City and 102 degrees in Dallas! Unabated sunshine will only make matters worse for the already scorched southern Plains.

The Mid-Mississippi Valley will be another focal point for severe weather where wind and hail will accompany rainfall totals greater than one inch. On the other side of the Mississippi River, more typical summer thunderstorms will pop up during the afternoon in Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami. The mercury will top out in the lower 90s, and coupled with plenty of humidity it will guarantee a muggy and uncomfortable day for many residents across the Southeast.

Further up the Atlantic Seaboard, highs will climb into the lower 90s under partly-to-mostly sunny skies. Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania will contend with afternoon storms, but the chance of rain will vanish into New England. Boston will be the envy of the East with highs reaching the lower 80s under mostly sunny skies.

The Great Lakes will also fulfill the recipe for pleasant weather today. Upper 70s and lower 80s will be partnered with mostly sunny skies in Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago. Rain will steer clear of these cities ensuring a textbook afternoon commute!

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