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UPDATED 8:45 AM EDT, June 21, 2013

By WeatherBug's James Stanley

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The first day of summer will have a full slate of summer weather running from severe storms in the northern Plains and upper Midwest and hot weather, like clockwork, spreading out of the Southwest into the southern and central Plains.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

Thursday`s storm system in the northern Plains will extend eastward into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes for the final day of the workweek. The most likely targets for dangerous thunderstorms will be the Upper and Mid-Mississippi Valley, the Northern and Central Plains.

Generally, for the High Plains, pop-up thunderstorms are possible throughout, along with threats of quarter-sized hail and a few tornadoes. In addition, the storm risk for the southern High Plains will be widely scattered, and could bring damaging winds and quarter-sized hail or larger.

Due to a stalled cold front overhead of the Lower-Mississippi Valley and Southeast, rain will continue in those regions. This front along with an area of low pressure off the Georgia coast will produce showers and a few thunderstorms across the coastal Carolinas, the Tennessee and southern Ohio valleys.

Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast above most of the Mid-Atlantic, but some showers will take place in the North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia Appalachians. The Mid-Atlantic will remain in the 70s and low-80s.

Once again, showers will dot the Northwest, with the heaviest downpours expected in the northern Rockies. Temperatures will range from the upper-40s to upper-60s.

The central part of the Northeast and Maine could see some light rain today, but one can look forward to highs in the upper-60s and 70s.

Clear skies, however, are expected for California, the Southwest, and Central Great Basin, but increasingly cloudy skies for the north-Central Great Basin by the evening. Places near and north of San Francisco, Carson City, Nev., and Salt Lake City will rise to the upper-70s and mid-80s. South of those cities, there will be 90-degree weather, while interior southern California and Arizona could heat beyond 100 degrees.

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