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UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, August 27, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A late-summer heat wave and a mix of fresh thunderstorms are just a few ways summer will maintain its grip across the U.S. today. The Great Lakes, Texas and the Southwest will be the places that will be stormy.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

The Midwest and central Plains heat wave will continue unabated for the second day of the workweek, as well as for those heading to-and-from their first day of school. Blazing late-August sunshine will send the mercury soaring well into the 90s and even a few triple-digits from Kansas all the way to Minnesota. Residents in Minneapolis and Des Moines, Iowa, will need to avoid being outdoors during peak heating.

The other big U.S. weather story will focus on the potential for severe weather from the eastern Great Lakes into the Ohio Valley and parts of the central Appalachian Spine today. One area of thunderstorms this morning will give way to a second and more dangerous round from Wisconsin to far western Pennsylvania and West Virginia this afternoon and evening. The chief concerns accompanying the thunderstorms will be large hail and damaging wind gusts.

Not to be left out, the Southwest, Intermountain West, and Montana High Plains will also be dodging raindrops today. The only other soggy spots today will be found across Florida and along the Northwest coast.

Hot 90s and 100s will dominate the Southwest and interior California valleys with more tolerable 70s and 80s along the West and East Coasts. The typical highest elevations of the Wasatch, Rockies, Sierra and Cascades will stay in the 60s this afternoon.

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