Posted June 24, 2018 10:35 p.m. EDT
A cool and sunnier day will unfold across much of the Northeast on Monday. Temperatures will rise into the 70s in areas from Pittsburgh to Boston, with highs in the 80s from New York to Washington. Northern New England will remain cloudier and cooler, with temperatures in the 60s. A few showers may also develop.
The Southeast will be warm, humid and unsettled. Showers and strong storms are expected over the Carolinas and the Tennessee Valley, mainly in the afternoon. Spotty storms may occur over the Florida Peninsula. Hot but mainly dry conditions are expected from Georgia to Texas.
The Midwest and the northern Plains can expect heavy rain, which may result in flooding and travel disruptions. From central Oklahoma to Missouri and Iowa, severe afternoon thunderstorms could produce damaging winds, hail and even a few tornadoes.
Farther west, it will continue to be hot, dry and sunny. This will perpetuate the risk of new and spreading wildfires as well as deteriorating air quality conditions.
Focus: Severe Thunderstorms Monday
Damaging winds, large hail and flooding downpours are expected Monday afternoon and night over parts of the central states. There may be tornadoes in spots. Much of Iowa and Missouri will be at risk for severe weather, as will eastern Kansas and Nebraska.