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UPDATED 8:45 AM EDT, July 19, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The last day of the workweek will be no different than any other day this week, with steamy weather only slowly relinquishing its domination across the eastern two-thirds of the nation. The other major weather news will be few thunderstorms peppering the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and New England.

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

A sharp cold front piercing the steam bath residing across the U.S. Northern-Tier will be the trigger for potentially damaging thunderstorms from Illinois and Wisconsin all of the way to northern and western Maine to close out the workweek. Though the main severe weather problem will be destructive wind gusts, large hail and even a brief tornado will be possible within the most organized thunderstorms. A few cities at risk include Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, N.Y., and Burlington, Vt.

Unfortunately, the storms will offer little relief from the extended heat wave baking the U.S. Northern-Tier, with highs soaring well into the 80s and 90s again today.

Even the Mid-Atlantic, Lower Mississippi Valley, Southeast, and Sunshine State will see thunderstorms bubble up in the intense heat and humidity this afternoon and evening. A few of them could pack gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall, but most will luckily stay below severe limits.

Still, the mercury will skyrocket into the 80s and 90s, with a few places along the Interstate 95 corridor peaking near the century mark this afternoon. Even worse, the oppressive humidity will make it feel-like it is in the lower to middle 100s in places such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and in New York City.

The only other weather trouble spot will be found in the Desert Southwest and central and southern Rocky Front Range, where umbrellas will be needed to dodge the raindrops this afternoon and evening.

Meanwhile, the West Coast, northern Rocky Front Range, and most of the Plains will escape with plenty of late-July sunshine and comfortably warm temperatures to end the workweek.

Triple-digit heat will bake residents across the Desert Southwest, interior California, and the central Great Basin, while toasty 80s to near 90 degrees reach the Interstate 5 corridor along the Northwest. Seasonable 80s and 90s will blanket the Plains, while New Mexico, eastern Arizona, and the Colorado Rockies will climb into the 60s, 70s, and very low 80s today.

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