After days of rain up and down the East, the mid-Atlantic coast will catch a break for July Fourth weekend, creating a prime opportunity for beach-goers, boaters and sun bathers.
Meanwhile, the rain-soaked South and Midwest and will feel little reprieve.
Sunshine will build westward along part of the Atlantic Coast for the weekend, so that the risk of flooding downpours and gusty thunderstorms diminishes from eastern North Carolina to southeastern New England. There will be some issues with low clouds to start each day, especially on the beaches.
The mid-Atlantic will not remain entirely dry over the course of the weekend unfortunately. While the beaches from New Jersey through the Carolinas are expected to stay dry Sunday, a few spotty thunderstorms may develop farther north and inland during the afternoon.
Cities from Raleigh, N.C., to Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Conn., and Boston will experience hazy, hot and humid conditions, courtesy of a Bermuda high building in from the Atlantic.
The worst weather in terms of outdoor activities will stretch from much of Florida to western Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, southeastern Louisiana, middle and eastern Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and southeastern Indiana. Other parts of mid-Atlantic and New England will still see a few showers and thunderstorms, primarily during the afternoon hours.
Camping, fishing trips, barbeques and a day at the amusement park could be spoiled by the rain.
Cities that can experience torrential downpours and urban flooding issues include Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, Jackson, Miss., Cleveland and Charleston, W.Va.
Interests in these areas can experience multiple rounds of downpours with locally gusty thunderstorms. There is a risk of flash, urban and small stream flooding. Expect travel delays on the highways and at airports in the region.
A storm system will bring snow and ice to parts of the mid-Atlantic and the South through Monday.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
After a chilly weekend, a milder week is ahead for the Cleveland area.
Rainy weather is expected midweek for the Detroit area.
No rain is in sight for southern California this week. Sunshine and mild weather will prevail.
Mother Nature will bring another blast of winter weather from Missouri to Delaware before spring arrives.
Snake River, WY (1906)
Minus 50 degrees -- lowest ever for March in 48 United States.
Mid Atlantic (1945)
Early "heat wave": Location: Temperature(F): Norfolk, VA 90 degrees Raleigh, NC 92 degrees Charlotte, NC 90 degrees Greensboro, NC 90 degrees Richmond, VA 91 degrees Sussex, NJ 90 degrees Hammonton, NJ 90 degrees Reading, PA 85 degrees (16th-17th) St. Patrick's Day snowstorm: New England, New York & Pennsylvania. Blue Hill Observatory outside Boston reported 12.6". Some spots had 20", crippling winds accompanied the storm.
New York City, NY (1892)
14.6" of snow.