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UPDATED 9 AM EDT, August 4, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Residents across the Northeast, Northwest, and Nation`s Heartland to Florida will be dodging raindrops including a few fresh thunderstorms today. It will be just the opposite from the Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley, where plenty of early-August sunshine won`t translate to summer-like temperatures.

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The central and northern High Plains, as well as the Middle Mississippi Valley into Florida will again be dodging raindrops today. Downpours and even a few isolated severe thunderstorms could ruin outdoor plans from Nebraska and Kansas to northern Florida by this afternoon, with afternoon thunderstorms also erupting across the Four Corner`s.

Even the Northwest, New England, and immediate coastal Carolinas could see a rash of showers and a few thunderstorms later today. Though they won`t be attached to severe weather, they could produce gusty winds and hail for some.

Despite all the gray and gloom extending from the Southwest and Colorado Rockies through parts of the Mississippi Valley, Gulf Coast, and Florida, the mercury will spring well into the 80s and 90s. Only the top peaks of the Rockies will see seasonable temperatures, with 60s and 70s common today.

It will be a bit different of a weather story for those residing from the eastern Dakotas into the central Appalachian Spine and New England today. Temperatures will have a fall-feel, only peaking in the 60s or very low 70s; even a few chilly upper 50s could sneak into the U.S. across northern Michigan today.

Meanwhile, the Golden State, much of the Great Basin arcing through Montana`s High Plains, and the Mid-Atlantic will enjoy a sensational day to the end the weekend. A full bounty of early-August sunshine will push temperatures into the 80s, 90s, and lower 100s across the West, with 70s and 80s dominating the Mid-Atlantic.

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