The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, July 03, 2013. Many areas of the West once again rose well past 100 degrees Wednesday as a strong high pressure system remained in charge of the weather pattern for the area. A few more days of heat are expected before cooler air will filter into the area through the weekend.

Meanwhile, a storm in the eastern third of the country brought wet weather to the Southeast and other parts of the eastern seaboard. None of these thunderstorms were severe, but they did bring heavy rain to the area. Most of the precipitation was confined to east of front that stretched from the Gulf Coast through the Ohio Valley.

Meanwhile, the Plains remained mostly dry as a high pressure system remained over the area.

Some monsoon moisture streamed into the Southwest, bringing areas of scattered thunderstorms from New Mexico through the Sierra Nevadas of California.

The Southeast rose into the 80s and 90s, while the Northeast saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Southwest rose into the 90s, 100s, and 110s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 80s, 90s, and some 100s.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of 36 degrees at Leadville, Colo. to a midday high of 109 degrees at Thermal, Calif.

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