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Only some will see some relief this week from this past sweltering, stormy weekend. For much of the nation, record heat, flooding, and severe weather will remain in the forecast, at least until mid-week. Here’s this week’s 5 Things to Watch: Drier Weather on its Way for the Northeast: Since the beginning of last week, most of the Northeast has been dealing with sweltering temperatures near, or above, 90 and drenching storms. After similar weather for the 4th and this past weekend, we should be seeing some drier weather over the next few days. Some showers may creep up from the Mid-Atlantic this afternoon, but after that, the region will be mostly clear until Wednesday. Clearer skies are definitely something to look forward to, but temperatures will likely remain in the mid-to-high 80s. Luckily, drier air will mean less humidity and make the beginning of this week slightly more bearable…

A widespread severe weather outbreak is expected to unfold over the Southern and Central Plains within the next few hours, bringing long-lasting tornadoes, destructive winds, large hail, and flooding downpours to the region. The last time such high risk was issued was April 2012, when over 100 tornadoes devastated the Plains. A very active start to this season is only expected to continue, with this afternoon/evening calling for the highest risk we’ve seen in over 7 years. Over a dozen tornadoes were reported in the region just yesterday, and today, the Southern Plains is in for an especially intense and destructive round of severe thunderstorms. The highest risk today falls over the Eastern TX Panhandle, Northwestern TX, and much of Central OK. Over this area, the chances for significant tornado formation is a whopping 45%, with the highest level of risk given out by the NWS Storm Prediction Center. It’s…

Once again, the Central US is in the spotlight with multiple threats on the way to the region. This weekend, the first of two potent severe weather threats will bring all modes of severe weather, including flash flooding, to most parts of the country east of the Rockies. For the East, a relatively quiet weekend lies ahead, but some thunderstorms may cause a few isolated issues. Welcome to the Friday edition of your Morning Briefing, where we’ll give you a quick rundown on everything you need to know weather-wise, every weekday morning. Let’s dive right in. First Round of Widespread Severe Weather this Weekend: Through Sunday, our first round of risk for widespread severe weather will spread across the country, east of the Rockies. All modes of severe weather can be expected this weekend, especially some flash and river flooding from heavy downpours within developing storms.As a short-wave trough perturbations…