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UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, April 25, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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After an active couple days across the Midwest and central Plains, the U.S. weather pattern will settle down nationwide today. Spring will be in full effect across the West, while the Plains, Midwest and East begin to see more signs of a sputtering and belated seasonal change.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Abundant April sunshine will be the flavor of the day from the West Coast and the Southwest, all of the way to the East Coast. This will include much of the central Plains and the Mississippi Valley, allowing these places a chance to dry out from the recent rain and ongoing river flooding.

There will be a few places where sunshine will not dominate. Afternoon showers will be found across the northern Rockies and Intermountain West of Montana, the Great Lakes, southeastern Texas, as well as along the Southeast Coast from northeastern Florida into the Outer Banks. A few rumbles of thunder will accompany the showers across Texas, northeast Florida and the eastern Great Lakes.

Even with the sunshine and quiet weather, a large spread of temperatures is likely across the U.S. today. The Southwest and Florida will have the warmest temperatures by far as highs top out in the mid-80s. Not too far behind will be the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, southern Plains, South and Southeast. Highs in the low-to-mid 70s will be common.

The Rockies, central Plains, central Mississippi and lower Ohio valleys, central Appalachians, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will be on the milder side with highs in the 60s. The Dakotas, Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes will continue to be the cool spots. Temperatures will struggle to climb out of the 40s and 50s there.

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