Warmth will continue around Cleveland through the Labor Day weekend, while excessive heat is bottled up to the west, thanks to occasional heavy storms.
Rounds of thunderstorms will occur on the northern and eastern fringe of excessive heat anchored over the Central states.
Multiple rounds of thunderstorms are in the forecast through Wednesday. Any storm can become locally severe with gusty winds and drenching downpours.
The storms can cause sporadic travel disruptions and isolated power outages. Folks outdoors, and especially boaters, will want to keep an eye out for rapidly changing weather conditions.
The high temperature in Cleveland hit 87 degrees on Monday. Due to storms in the area Tuesday, temperatures reached 82 degrees.
Drier weather is in store for the end of the week as the system moving through the Great Lakes pushes to the south and east.
Temperatures will continue to average above normal through the Labor Day weekend. Additional sporadic storms are also likely to develop over the weekend.
Normal temperatures range from a low in the lower 60s to a high near 80 degrees during late August.
As California heads into its third consecutive dry winter with no relief in sight, firefighters continue to battle a late-fall blaze in Big Sur.
After several days of unseasonable warmth, bitter cold and rounds of snow will continue to spread across the Western and Central states into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
An abrupt and abnormal cold wave gripped parts of southeastern Texas in early December, catching many off-guard, including two native Southern California bobcats recently transferred to the area.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
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