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UPDATED 6:15 AM EDT, July 2, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Mike Marston

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An active mid-week is in store for the U.S. as an aggressive heat wave and severe thunderstorms battle for the top weather headline.

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

Thunderstorms will bubble up today from the Northeast arcing all of the way into northern Texas and parts of eastern New Mexico and southeastern Colorado. At least a few of them will reach severe limits, with large hail and destructive winds the chief concerns. It will remain quite toasty, with highs topping out in the 80s and 90s.

The other hot weather-ticket item will be Tropical Storm Arthur`s methodical climb northward along the Sunshine State`s East Coast today. While it will keep most of its impacts across the western Atlantic for a better part of the day, a few squall bands of rain and gusty winds will be flung onshore from Fort Pierce to just south of Jacksonville, Fla. Other pop-up downpours and thunderstorms will rumble over Florida`s West Coast as well.

Arthur`s close pass won`t have too much of an effect on highs, with seasonable 80s and 90s expected. Further inland across the Southeast U.S. and along the Gulf Coast, temperatures will soar into the 90s with even a few spots potentially touching the century mark.

The showers will move out but the cooler weather will hang around for the Great Lakes and northern Plains today. Temperatures will only manage to climb into the 60s for Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, with others across the Great Lakes and northern Plains reaching into the 70s.

Meanwhile, the West excluding the Colorado Rockies, will be dominated by unlimited sunshine and the continuation of an intense heat wave. Temperatures will range from the seasonable 60s and 70s across the Colorado Rockies, to the toasty 80s, 90s and triple-digits from the Northwest to Southwest.

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