While a large part of the South welcomes beneficial rain into Monday, a handful of communities will become the target of violent thunderstorms.
The stage is set for locally severe thunderstorms to erupt south of the band of rain slowly pressing eastward across the South and helping to ease the region's drought.
The severe weather threat exists from far north-central Florida to southeastern North Carolina on Monday. Albany, Augusta and Savannah, Ga., Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C., are among the communities at risk.
The strongest thunderstorms will be capable of producing damaging winds and flooding downpours. Isolated reports of hail and tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists want to stress that an outbreak of severe weather is not expected into Monday. Any violent thunderstorms will instead erupt on a localized level with the South receiving beneficial rain the main weather story.
All severe weather warnings should still be taken seriously since it only takes one powerful thunderstorm or tornado to inflict damage on a family or community.
Wednesday night into Thursday is when a more widespread outbreak of damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes may threaten the South, from the same storm set to unleash substantial snow over the Midwest.
Stay tuned to AccuWeather.com for more details on the impending midweek violent storms.
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Rounds of severe thunderstorms, including the potential for flooding rain and tornadoes, will continue to erupt over the central United States this week.
Summerlike warmth will make it feel like the 90s F at times in the eastern United States through Memorial Day weekend, despite localized rainfall.
Conditions will become favorable for tropical development over the Atlantic Ocean, in the vicinity of the southeastern United States toward the end of May and into early June.
Frequent showers are expected throughout the music festival that will take place in late June.
As millions prepare to take part in Memorial Day weekend events, showers, storms and a potential tropical system could threaten outdoor activities and travel plans during the extended weekend.
Showers and thunderstorms may strike during Corpus Christi events across Germany on Thursday.
West Coast (1982)
Heat wave: San Francisco, CA 91 degrees, (new record; previous record 79 in 1975) San Jose, CA 84 degrees Portland, OR 85 degrees (tied record)
North Texas (1986)
Severe thunderstorms produced 95 mph wind gusts and widespread damage. More than 3" of rain fell in less than an hour. A 29 year old women and 6 year old daughter drowned when the underpass they were driving into was flooded out.
Philadelphia, PA (1992)
A dramatic cold frontal passage. Early afternoon temperature over 80 degrees fell to a late-day reading in the 40s.