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Meteorology Monday: July 2 - July 8

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Heat and thunderstorms will be the main weather concerns this week. Although temperatures have decreased a bit since last week and the weekend, above normal temperatures still continue for a large portion of the nation, with many temperatures still in the upper 90s to lower 100s.

Occasional thunderstorms also will be prominent for much of the country, including the Northern and Central Plains, Great Lakes Region, Northeast, Southeast, and the desert Southwest.

Here are this week’s weather highlights:

  • A stationary front extending from MSP down into the Ohio Valley continues to bring periods of showers and thunderstorms (some strong) throughout the entire week to the Midwest and Great Lakes. Stations affected could include MSP, MKE, MDW, GRR, FNT, DTW, IND, CMH, CLE, CAK, SDF, and PIT.
  • The Mid-Atlantic and New England Regions have their best shot for some strong thunderstorms Wednesday ahead of a cold front.  Some storms could be severe with a chance for damaging winds and hail (IAD, DCA, BWI, PHL, EWR, LGA, and BOS).
  • A very active pattern is in place for the Southeast and Florida, as thunderstorms are possible every afternoon and evening throughout the week. Stations affected could include ATL, BNA, BHM, JAN, HSV, GSP, CHS, RDU, CLT, JAX, MCO, TPA, RSW, SRQ, FLL, PBI, ECP, and PNS. 
  • Hot temperatures and moisture will be plentiful in parts of the Desert Southwest as well as DEN this week, bringing the chance for daily isolated thunderstorms to DEN and ABQ, and scattered thunderstorms to PHX, TUS, and ELP Tuesday-Sunday, as the summer monsoon season gets going a bit early.
  • Hot temperatures also will persist throughout the week in many locations, with high temperatures in the upper 90s to lower 100s for the Northern and Southern Plains, Ohio Valley, Desert Southwest, and the Southeast.
This information is not intended for dispatching purposes.