|Today's Weather Outlook |
UPDATED 8 AM EDT, July 12, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
|Entering the homestretch of the work week will be characterized by only a few weather changes in the U.S. Showers and thunderstorms will interrupt the recent dangerous heat across the Southwest, while a few fresh thunderstorms will bubble across the Dakotas.|
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
The record-breaking levels of heat seen across the Desert Southwest and Great Basin will be interrupted by a return of monsoonal showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Even the Rocky Front Range will see thunderstorms bubble this afternoon in the July sunshine. Thankfully, the thunderstorms will keep temperatures out of the extremely dangerous category.
Instead of 110s and lower 120s across the Arizona and California deserts, the mercury will slide back into the 90s and lower to middle 100s from Phoenix to Las Vegas. Only the central and southern Rockies and immediate West Coast will escape the hot temperatures, where 60s and 70s will rule; 80s, 90s and even a few triple-digit highs will cover the interior West.
The interior West won`t be the only hot spot today. The Plains and Midwest will see highs in the 90s. Clusters of thunderstorms along the Texas Gulf Coast and a few fresh thunderstorms roaming the Dakotas will bring much-needed heat-relief this afternoon. Large hail and gusty winds will be the main risks for the Dakotas.
Even the Lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast to the Carolinas and Florida won`t escape yet another daily round of thunderstorms this week. While most will be below severe limits, a few could contain gusty winds and large hail; the biggest concern will be flooding downpours. Atlanta, Charlotte, and Wilmington, N.C., will be in the bull`s eye. Despite this, 80s and 90s are still expected.
Switching gears, the U.S.`s best weather will be found from the Great Lakes to Northeast. Dry weather and comfortable temperatures will the calling card. Temperatures will climb into the 80s to near 90 degrees from Minneapolis and Chicago all the way to Washington, D.C., and Boston`s western suburbs.
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