Father's Day Forecast: Storms, Lightning a Threat for Many

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
June 15, 2014; 9:02 PM ET
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Thunderstorms will re-fire over the Central states, the South and northern Rockies on Father's Day, while the Northeast and much of the Southwest bask in sunshine.

For those enjoying Father's Day outdoors on Sunday, the weather trouble spots will be focused from Texas to Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as from Florida to South Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Thunderstorms over the Central states have the potential to bring organized severe weather with threats of damaging winds, hail and heavy rain.

Cities in the Midwest and Plains states that could be hit by stormy weather on Sunday include Minneapolis, Chicago, St. Louis, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Missouri.

Storms in the South will be more localized but can bring incidents of torrential downpours and gusty winds. Prior to the arrival of spotty storms in the South, the air will be very warm and humid as it often is in mid-June.

People in Atlanta, New Orleans and Orlando, Florida, will want to keep an eye on the sky for pop-up storms.

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Thunderstorms that fire up over the northern Rockies should hold off until late in the day. Storms should stay away from the southern Rockies.

In all cases where thunderstorms are in the forecast, be alert for rapidly changing weather conditions. Those out fishing, boating or golfing should pay close attention to the changeable weather, as lightning poses the single greatest threat when outdoors and can strike with little notice. If you hear thunder, then you are at risk for being struck.

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Clouds and spotty showers are in the offing for coastal Washington and Oregon, including Seattle.

However, on a brighter note in the West, morning low clouds will yield to sunshine along the California coast, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. People from Denver to Salt Lake City and Boise, Idaho, can expect a sun-filled day with temperate conditions.

Much of the interior Southwest will have no clouds of concern and temperatures will soar to seasonably hot levels in the 90s to near 100 F. Sunshine will blaze the pavement around Phoenix and Las Vegas. A stray storm could erupt near the Big Bend area of Texas.

Perhaps the most comfortable conditions across the nation will be in the Northeast this weekend where sunshine, low humidity and not rain are in store.

Bright sunshine is predicted for New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.

The spectacular weather in the Northeast this weekend will follow nearly a week's worth of clouds, showers and thunderstorms.

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Whether you will be active or inactive this Father's Day weekend, be safe.

AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mike Doll contributed to the content of this story.

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