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UPDATED 8:45 AM EDT, July 26, 2013

By WeatherBug's James Stanley

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While the Dakotas, Great Lakes and Central Plains will be much cooler than normal, the Northern Great Basin and Pacific Northwest will be hotter than average. In addition, dangerous thunderstorms are in sight for Oklahoma, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Michigan.

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

Much of the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes can expect showers and thunderstorms today, and some will be strong in parts of Wisconsin, Michigan, eastern Iowa and northern Illinois. Treacherous storms will also threaten eastern Oklahoma, most of Arkansas, and the Missouri Ozarks. Temperatures will remain in the upper 60s and 70s for these regions.

Once again, afternoon showers and thunderstorms will be on the menu for the Intermountain West, Central to Southern Rockies, and the Southwest. Highs in these areas will climb into the 90s and reach the 100s in the Southwest. Most of California will be mostly cloudy even as temperatures reach the upper 80s and 90s. The state`s interior deserts will reach the 100s.

Showers and thunderstorms will also scatter across eastern Florida, eastern Georgia, and the western Carolinas, creating another wet afternoon commute. Highs will still rise into the 80s and 90s for the Southeast, with 70s and low 80s along with partly cloudy skies for the Mid-Atlantic.

Eastern New England will have a rainy day, which may produce some flooding issues for low-lying areas. Temperatures in the Northeast will only get into the 70s, with Maine only seeing the 60s.

Autumn air and mostly cloudy skies will hold Friday`s highs in the 60s for the Dakotas and Upper Midwest, with 70s to mid-80s for the Central Plains and Mid-Mississippi Valley.

The Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Basin will see mostly sunny skies, but the Northern Great Basin will be hotter than average for this time of year: mid to upper 90s, and low 100s in some places. Western Washington will stay in the 70s, while western Oregon will be in the 80s and low 90s.

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