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UPDATED 7:45 AM EDT, July 27, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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After a busy week full of thunderstorms and heat waves, the last full workweek of July will end with fewer headlines. Even so, there will still be a few bouts of thunderstorms and hot weather - it is still July after all!

WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Scattered afternoon thunderstorms will be the norm across several large corridors of the U.S. However, these storms will not be as potent as the storms that rolled through the Ohio Valley and the East Thursday afternoon and evening. The biggest stretch of storms will extend from the Southern Plains and the Deep South, northeast into New England. Here, the same tattered front that triggered Thursday`s storms to the Northeast will sink just enough south to touch off more storms. The strongest storms could produce a quick burst of gusty winds, frequent lightning and downpours.

Highs will be in the 80s and low 90s before the storms arrive with southern Florida and northern New England not seeing the storm threat.

Thunderstorms will also pop up across the Rockies and the western High Plains later this afternoon as the seasonal monsoon flow off the Pacific and temperatures reaching into the 90s feed these storms. Frequent lightning from the storms will also be common.

Quiet July weather will be found across the northern and central Plains, with more seasonal 80s and 90s giving everyone a break from the triple-digit heat seen throughout the week. The Upper Midwest will struggle to reach the 80 degree mark today.

On the flip side, the hot spots across the U.S. will be in the Desert Southwest, where triple-digits will be common. The rest of the West from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies will see plenty of sunshine with highs in the 80s and 90s across the Great Basin and the interior of the Northwest and California. The coastal areas will see highs in the 60s and low 70s.

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