The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, June 08, 2013.

Heavy rains and winds shifted away from New England on Saturday as Post-Tropical Cyclone Andreas became positioned about 75 miles east of Portland, Maine. The system maintained tropical storm strength as it moved toward the northeast near 39 mph with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph and higher gusts. Rainfall began to taper down across much of Maine by early this afternoon, leaving behind less than 1 inch of additional expected rainfall accumulation. For more information, please see http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/.

Meanwhile, a strong high pressure system in the West allowed a heat wave to peak Saturday with temperatures well into the 100s for inland areas of California and the Southwest. While areas near the Coast did not see extreme heat like inland areas, temperatures in coastal areas were well above average.

In the nation¼’s center, a storm ejecting from the Rockies and into the Plains brought another round of showers and thunderstorms across the Northern and Central Plains into the Upper and Mid-Mississippi Valley. This activity was expected to spread into the Southern Plains through the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center issued a slight risk of severe weather for the Central and Southern Plains in anticipation of severe thunderstorm development with strong wind, large hail, and possible tornadoes.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of 33 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a midday high of 108 degrees at Needles, Calif.

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