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UPDATED 8:15 AM EDT, May 6, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A stubborn low pressure system will continue its slow march eastward as it brings more heavy rain across the already saturated Southeast. On the other side of the U.S., unsettled weather will bring much-needed showers and thunderstorms to the Southwest to help quench the drought and wildfires.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

After many inches of rainfall across the South and the Carolinas, more downpours are on the weather menu today. The system responsible for this continues to move very slowly, so some locations could be dealing with flooding rain and high rivers and streams.

The extent of the rain will stretch from the Ohio River to the Gulf Coast and eastward to Georgia and the Mid-Atlantic. Farther southward into central Florida, more scattered showers will be the rule. High temperatures will generally stay in the 60s across the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Warmer 70s and 80s will be found along the immediate Gulf Coast and into Florida.

In the West, a very dry spring will be helped by afternoon pop-up showers and a few mountain thunderstorms. This will help to cool temperatures across California and the Intermountain West. Highs will remain in the 60s along coastal California, with 70s and 80s from Phoenix northward to Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho. The exception will be the Pacific Northwest, which will see wall-to-wall sunshine and unseasonably warm highs in the 80s.

Elsewhere, the weather will be quite pleasant in the Northeast and New England, with sunny skies prevailing. New York and Boston will top out in the 60s while interior locations hit the 70s. In the Plains, partly-to-mostly sunny skies will be the rule as high temperatures moderate a bit. Highs will warm to the 60s and lower 70s in the Dakotas and Twin Cities, with middle and upper 70s across the southern Plains with 80s across southern Texas.

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