|Today's Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 7:45 AM EDT, June 29, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
|The dog days of summer have arrived early this year, and we`re only a week into astronomical summer! A big ridge in the nation`s midsection will allow scorching temperatures to spread as far north and east as the northern Plains and New England. The only relief will be found in the West, and in locations that see showers and a few fresh thunderstorms.|
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The record-breaking Plains and Midwest heat will rush full throttle into the East Coast for the last week day in June. The mercury will skyrocket well into the 90s and triple-digits from Texas to the western Dakotas, while the thermometer soars into the lower 100s from the Missouri Valley all the way to the Interstate 95 corridor from northern Virginia to southern Georgia. Even worse, high humidity will make it feel even more uncomfortable, rising close to 115 degrees for many.
Even southern New England will get in on the hot weather, topping out in the upper 80s to lower 90s. While relief won`t be in the cards here, fresh thunderstorms bubbling from Nebraska to West Virginia will provide some afternoon relief for residents from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago to Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio.
The thunderstorms will pack a punch with large hail and damaging wind gusts the biggest concerns, though an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out either.
Those preferring to escape the blazing heat and humidity need to head west. The Pacific Coast will stay dry, except for the Northwest, as both Seattle and Portland, Ore., contend with nuisance showers. Coastal California will break out of morning fog in favor of afternoon sun with highs ranging from the 60s in San Francisco, to the lower 80s in Los Angeles. Deeper into the West, temperatures will warm into the 80s, 90s, and 100s in the deserts. There will be no relief from the heat in Phoenix as temperatures top out in the 110s.
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