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UPDATED 3:30 AM EDT, July 17, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The mid-summer hot, humid and stormy weather across the U.S. the past several days will continue at full throttle into the middle of the workweek.

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

The season`s first Eastern heat wave is continuing unabated today. Highs will easily reach the middle to upper 90s from the Eastern Gulf Coast and the Deep South all of the way into New England and the central Great Lakes. Add in growing humidity and plenty of summer sunshine, and the heat index or the temperature it feels like outside will easily reach the upper 90s and even the triple-digits for many places east of the Mississippi River, with 105 to 110 readings not out of the question in the urban I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., through New York City into Boston.

A few afternoon thunderstorms will pop-up across the Southeast and Florida, bringing only temporary relief from the hot temperatures. More widespread storms producing damaging winds and large hail will develop across the Upper Midwest, western Great Lakes and northern New England later this afternoon and evening as a cold front streaks to the north across southern Canada.

The stagnant weather pattern across the U.S. will mean more rain hitting western Texas, the southern Plains back into the southern Rockies and into the Southwest. Flash flooding will again be possible as many areas that have already seen several inches of rain since Sunday see another inch or two today. The rest of the central Plains will be dry with sunshine pushing temperatures into the upper 80s and 90s.

The U.S. West, outside of afternoon thunderstorms in the Rockies, will remain quiet and seasonably warm. Inland locations of California, the Great Basin and Northwest will easily see highs in the upper 80s and 90s, with a few Desert locations getting into the triple digits. The immediate Pacific Coast will be in the 60s and 70s.

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