|Today's Weather Outlook|
8 AM EDT, May 17, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
|Large expanses of the East Coast drenched by strong storms earlier this week will see a break, and enjoy sunny and dry conditions. The same can`t be said, however, for the Southeast where more showers and storms will dot the landscape. Meanwhile, the heat will be the big weather story in the Plains.|
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As a high pressure system plants itself over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, mainly dry and sunny weather will be expected. From Baltimore to Boston, it will feel pleasant as temperatures warm into the 60s and 70s with lower humidity.
With daytime heating and high dew points in place, scattered showers and thunderstorms could pepper areas from the Charlotte, N.C., to Miami. These thunderstorms could produce damaging winds and hail. Locations that receive a heavy shower or two could pick up a quick quarter-inch of rain. Despite the few clouds and rain, temperatures will remain warm, with highs in the 80s.
Summer-like warmth will rush northward into the Northern Plains. Sunshine should be the rule for much of the region, except for the western High Plains where scattered afternoon showers will pop up from Montana to Colorado. A few thunderstorms may even fire late in the afternoon along some of the highest peaks. Temperatures will warm into the 80s and 90s across a large swath of real estate, from Dallas to Bismarck, N.D.
Elsewhere, most of the nation`s weather will remain tranquil. The Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley and westward to the Pacific Northwest and Desert Southwest, will see mostly sunny skies. The one exception will be Seattle, where a light shower could push onshore. Highs in the Great Lakes will run mainly in the pleasant 60s and 70s. Heading to coastal California, temperatures will hit the 60s and 70s, with 80s and 90s inland. Triple-digit heat will continue to roast the interior Southwest with highs in the upper 90s and 100s.
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