|Today's Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 7:45 AM EDT, June 20, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
|The first day of astronomical summer will greet residents from the southern Plains to East Coast with a taste of mid-summer heat. Not to be outdone, the east-central Plains into the western Great Lakes will have outdoor plans interrupted by downpours and even a few fresh thunderstorms. |
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Stifling heat will arrive just in time for the official start of summer as highs surge well into the 90s across a large swath of the U.S. It will feel like mid-summer in places like Dallas, Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., and from Philadelphia to Boston. Adding insult to injury, high humidity will mean heat indices surpassing 100 degrees.
While much of the Eastern U.S. roasts underneath near record-breaking heat, the east-central Plains to western Great Lakes will battle with a round of dangerous thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. A cold front will slice across the Nation`s Heartland, bringing the threat for a few incidents of large hail and damaging wind gusts.
All the thunderstorms will keep temperatures in check from eastern Nebraska through Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, where 70s and 80s will be a common theme from Omaha, Neb., to Marquette, Mich.
Otherwise, the Ohio Valley, as well as the Pacific Northwest and Desert Southwest will see a sun-filled sky today. Highs will reach into the 80s and 90s for the eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley, while the Intermountain West warms into the 70s and 80s.
In general, the West looks sunny and warm with highs in the 60s and 70s along the coast. Farther inland, temperatures will increase quickly, with 90s and triple digits in the California deserts and Southwest.
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