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Today's Weather Outlook

8:30 AM EDT, August 7, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Today`s weather will feature hot conditions across the central and western U.S. while scattered showers and storms impact the Southeast U.S. In addition, a few storms could threaten outdoor plans across the northern Plains.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A warm and humid air mass will help provide a day of unsettled weather for residents from Louisiana to Georgia. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be expected across the Southeast and a few of the thunderstorms may become strong, capable of producing damaging winds. Even with the clouds and rain, temperatures will remain warm, with highs in the 80s and 90s.

High pressure will occupy the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, producing tranquil weather with cooler and drier conditions. One exception will be across Virginia where a few showers and storms could pop up in the afternoon along a slow-moving cold front. Otherwise, bright sunshine will prevail with afternoon highs rising into the 80s and 90s in the Mid-Atlantic and 70s in New England.

Summer heat will roast the Plains as early August sunshine will be the rule for most, excluding the North- Central Plains, where scattered afternoon showers and storms will develop from Colby, Kan. to Bismarck, N.D. Sunshine will boost temperatures into the 90s and 100s across America`s heartland, from San Antonio to Minneapolis.

Elsewhere, most of the nation`s weather will stay quiet. Throughout the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, mostly sunny skies and highs in the 70s and 80s will be common. Heading further west, another spectacular day is on tap along the Pacific Coast. The California coast will boast warm and sunny weather as usual with highs rising into the 60s and 70s. Across the Intermountain West and Northern Rockies, temperatures will surge into the 80s and 90s, although a few pop-up showers and storms cannot be ruled out this afternoon.. Once again, the Desert Southwest will see temperatures surpass the 100 degree mark.

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