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Midnight EDT, April 9, 2014

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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Evidence for the presence of spring will be undeniable as warm temperatures and abundant sunshine settle into the Central and Western U.S. The only trouble spot will be a few afternoon showers in the Northern Plains.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Endless sunshine and a burst of warm temperatures will nestle into the Western and Central U.S., making for a great day to enjoy the outdoors. Highs nearly 20-degrees above average will be felt in a few locations in the Northern Plains, topping out in the mid and upper 70s, although a passing shower or two could provide temporary relief from the heat. The Intermountain West, Central Plains and eastern stretches of the Southern Plains will see highs in the 70s as well. Residents spending an extended amount of time outdoors in the Southern Plains, Southwest and West Coast will want to be sure to keep hydrated as the sweltering heat pumps the temperatures up into the 80s and 90s.

The Pacific Northwest, Northern Great Basin and Northern Rockies will manage to escape the sizzling heat as a pocket of cooler air and scattered clouds keep temperatures comfortable. Highs in the Pacific Northwest will be in the 50s while the Northern Great Basin and Northern Rockies rise into the 60s.

Spring will be in full bloom across the Eastern U.S. as well, though to a much milder degree. As the sun rays reach from the Upper Midwest to the Gulf Coast, temperatures in the 70s will dominate the Mississippi Valley and Southeast. Meanwhile, highs in the 60s will spread through the Tennessee Valley and Mid-Atlantic and temperatures in the 40s and 50s will be felt in the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Northeast.

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