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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 6 AM EDT, May 17, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The U.S. landscape will be peppered with several pockets of showers this weekend. Overwhelming heat in the Southwest will show no signs of easing up.

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

Today:

Soaking, even flooding downpours will slowly exit eastern New England for the start of the weekend. It will clear all except for northeastern Maine, leaving in its wake a mixed bag of clouds and sunshine for places such as Boston, Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn. Ohio Valley and Great Lakes residents will also have a smattering of showers and a few rumbles of thunder interrupt afternoon outdoor plans. The mercury will struggle to climb through the 40s and 50s across the Great Lakes and northern Ohio Valley, with 60s and even a few lower 70s sneaking into New England.

The other weather trouble spots will be found across the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Front Range, and with a fast-moving but fizzling upper-level disturbance swinging across the Tennessee Valley. A few showers will dampen things across western Washington and Oregon, while showers and even a few snowflakes greet residents along the Rocky Front Range today; a narrow band of rain and embedded thunderstorms will gradually fade from Arkansas to western North Carolina as well.

The good news is temperatures will be quite comfortable for mid-May, with highs topping out in the 60s and 70s; only the peaks of the Rocky Mountains will stay in the 40s and 50s today.

Blazing heat will keep the Southwest looking for shade once again. Highs in the 90s and triple-digits will settle into the Southwest while 80s stretch from the Southeast through the southern Plains and into the Intermountain West and West Coast. Temperatures in the 70s will be found in the Great Basin and Mid-Atlantic, with 60s spreading out from the central and northern Plains into the Upper Midwest.

Sunday:

A near replica of Saturday`s weather will be seen on Sunday. A bit of shower activity will keep things on the gloomy side across northern New England, while showers become more widespread and pepper the Pacific Northwest into the northern and central Rockies. Highs will range from the 50s and 60s over New England and the northern Rockies, to the 60s and 70s in the central Rockies.

It will also be unsettled from the Tennessee Valley and Southeast into the Carolinas on Sunday. A batch of moderate-to-heavy rain will certainly send a few barbecues indoors, but it won`t stop temperatures from climbing into the 60s, 70s, and even a few lower 80s.

There will be no relief from the triple-digit heat stewing across the Southwest on Sunday, while highs in the 80s stretch from the Lower Mississippi Valley into the Intermountain West. Comfortable 70s, with a good deal of mid-May sunshine and just a light breeze, will make for a splendid end to the weekend in the Mid-Atlantic, while the central and northern Plains as well as the Ohio Valley and Midwest into the Great Lakes see temperatures creep back into the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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