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UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, August 19, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The same weather pattern from the weekend will spill over to the start of the work week. The soggy Southeast will get pelted with more showers while thunderstorms pepper the Southwest. Meanwhile, heat will spread across the Plains.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

The Southeast, already in a surplus of rain for the month, will need to put to use umbrellas and windshield wipers. Showers and thunderstorms are on the weather menu, with the heaviest rain washing out afternoon and evening outdoor plans.

Farther north, a few afternoon showers and storms will develop on the Appalachian spine with dry weather expected along Interstate 95 between Philadelphia and Boston. The other weather hiccup will be in the Great Basin and Southwest where storms will ignite during the prime afternoon heating.

The West Coast, Plains and much of the Mississippi Valley will see nothing but sunshine mixed with a few clouds. Morning fog will give way to sunshine in places like San Diego and Los Angeles.

The only spots where summer will live up to its name will be from interior California to the Plains. Highs will reach into the 90s and 100s from the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to the Interstate 94 corridor in the Dakotas. This means places like Salt Lake City and Bismarck, N.D., will be 5 to 10 degrees warmer than average.

Air conditioners won`t be working nearly as hard from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast where highs will hit the 70s, with 80s common in the Sunshine State.

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