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UPDATED 10 AM EDT, July 3, 2013

By WeatherBug's James Stanley

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The start of the Independence Day holiday will mean another soggy day across the East with many parts of the scorched West see a few heat-busting scattered showers and thunderstorms. Much of the Plains, however, will see plenty of sunshine, although a possible isolated thunderstorm or two.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

Thanks to a stagnant front, additional showers and thunderstorms will be found across the East from the Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast. Thus, temperatures will dwell in the 70s and mid-80s. Localized flash flooding will be possible yet again, with the most severe risk in the Southeast and the western Mid-Atlantic. PLEASE avoid crossing creeks and streams, and use caution when driving; six inches of water can cause you to lose traction and control of your vehicle.

From the Rockies to the West Coast, sporadic storms will provide temporary relief from the drawn-out 90 and 100-degree weather for those areas. Some storms in the Southwest will be severe and capable of producing half-dollar-sized hail and damaging winds. However, the Pacific Northwest, and the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys will generally see partly cloudy skies.

During all this rain, a large part of the Plains will delight in mostly to partly sunny skies, with a chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms in Colorado, Montana, western Texas, eastern Nebraska and eastern Kansas. The air will warm up to the mid-80s and 90s.

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