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UPDATED 8:45 AM EDT, July 28, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologists, Chad Merrill and James West

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The calendar may say July, but for some places across the U.S. today, it will feel more like early September. However, much of the West and southern tier will remain locked in autumn weather.

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

A strong cold front will slide off the East Coast early today. In its wake, cooler 60s and 70s will dominate from the Northern Plains to the Ohio Valley. Low pressure on the front`s northern flank will have residents from western New York into New England needing umbrellas on their way to work this morning. Even a few gusty thunderstorms will charge into the Northeast.

Not to be outdone, a few showers and thunderstorms will even develop behind the front in the eastern Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic just in time for the afternoon commute. Temperatures will drop from the lower 80s into the 70s in the rain but any shower or thunderstorm will be brief.

Beach goers along the Southeast Atlantic Coast will have to brace for afternoon storms. Ahead of the same cold front that will slide through the Mid-Atlantic early, afternoon storms will bring gusty winds, hail and torrential downpours to places like Nags Head and Wilmington, N.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Savannah, Ga., and Tallahassee, Fla.

Following a quiet morning start, showers and storms will invade large stretches of the Southwest, Great Basin and Mountain West. Brief, heavy downpours and dangerous lightning are on the weather menu in places like Denver, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque, N.M. Meanwhile, the West Coast will have another sunny day.

Typical 80s and 90s will warm up the Southern Tier, with the California valleys and Southwest climbing into the lower 100s. Temperatures will climb 10-degrees above average in the Columbia Basin with upper 90s expected. The remainder of the West will have highs in the 80s, with cooler pockets of 60s in the Sierra and Rockies.

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