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UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, July 5, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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More downpours will soak large stretches of the Deep South and Tennessee Valley to conclude the shortened work week while temperatures slowly cool in the West. In between, the Central U.S. will see a good dose of early July sunshine.

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

As if the rain on the 4th of July wasn`t enough, the Deep South and Tennessee and Ohio valleys will get soaked again today. Just like Thursday, the heaviest rain could cause flash flooding from the Florida Panhandle all of the way into the central Ohio Valley.

Rain will be a bit more scattered along the Appalachian spine into the Northeast as well as across the Mountain West. Still, any shower could briefly interrupt outdoor plans in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, N.Y., Albuquerque, N.M., Denver and Salt Lake City.

The West will start to get a break from the record-breaking heat today. Still, by no means will there be significant cooling. Instead of highs in the lower 100s in Sacramento, lower 90s will be on the weather menu today. Death Valley, Calif., will only chip off a few degrees from the lower 120s, with 110s in store. Meanwhile, Phoenix will see slightly cooler 100s instead of 110s.

Sunny to partly cloudy skies will win out across the Plains and Mississippi Valley. The only hiccups will be a few late-day thunderstorms along Interstates 90 and 94 in the Northern Plains.

Highs in the 90s will be common across the Mountain West with more comfortable 60s and 70s in the Northwest. Under sunny skies, the Plains will soar into the 90s, with 70s and 80s from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast.

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