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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 8:45 AM EDT, July 12, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologists, Fred Allen and James West

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A stationary front will pack widespread shower and thunderstorm activity for residents stretching from the eastern Gulf Coast to along the Eastern Seaboard to round out the workweek. Even the Southwest, Great Basin, and Front Range will see downpours and thunderstorms interrupt outdoor plans today.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

A persistent unsettled pattern across the East and Southeast will continue for another day - at least. A cold front that brought severe weather to the Ohio Valley and Midwest Wednesday will stall along the Eastern Seaboard, producing a smattering of very heavy rain and thunderstorms today. Unfortunately, the downpours will combine with already saturated soil, increasing the flash flood threat from Florida to the Mid-Atlantic.

High temperatures will range from the lower 90s in the Southeast, to the upper 70s along the Northeast coastal cities.

Just as unfortunate as East Coast residents will be the Southwest, Great Basin, and Rocky Front Range, where very warm and muggy air will trigger a smattering of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Thankfully though, it won`t be attached to any severe weather.

That same sentiment won`t be true for parts of the Dakotas and Upper Midwest to conclude what has been quite a busy severe weather week. A cold front piercing the region will deliver yet another round of powerful thunderstorms from eastern South Dakota into northern Minnesota. The big concerns will be large hail and gusty winds.

Temperatures will generally warm into the 80s in the Dakotas and higher elevations of the Great Basin, while 90s will be the rule in Denver, Boise, Idaho, and Albuquerque, N.M.

Meanwhile, the Great Lakes, Midwest and Mid-Mississippi Valley will bask in pleasant weather. Mostly sunny skies will stretch from St. Louis to Minneapolis, and eastward to Detroit, with highs in the 80s. The exception will be the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley, which will broil in 90s and 100s this afternoon.

Even the Northwest and most of California will bask in plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures for mid-July. Highs will generally top out in the 70s and lower 80s.

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