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UPDATED 7:15 EDT, July 7, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman

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Much of the U.S. will see rain chances today, as widespread shower and thunderstorm activity will occur east of the Mississippi, as well as in the Upper Midwest and Mountain West. The Southwest will stay hot while the coastal Pacific remains pleasant.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

A very persistent swath of Gulf moisture will slide to the east, keeping things unsettled from the Deep South to New England. Scattered showers and storms will threaten outdoor activities from New Orleans to New York City, although high pressure in the western Atlantic will give the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coasts a break from the soggy weather. High temperatures will range from the lower 80s to the lower 90s from Florida to Maine.

A system sliding through the central U.S. will bring scattered thunderstorm chances to the western Great Lakes and central Plains on Sunday, while the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley stay partly cloudy and quite warm. Highs will approach 90 degrees in the Twin Cities and St. Louis, and the low-to-mid 90s in Oklahoma City and Houston.

In the western U.S., more showers and storms will develop during the afternoon across the Rockies and High Plains. In fact, a few late-day storms could even become severe from Montana to the Nebraska Panhandle. Highs will mainly hit the 80s and 90s across the region. Along the West Coast, highs will generally range from the lower 70s to lower 80s, while the Desert Southwest and interior California continue to sizzle under the grip of triple-digit heat.

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