Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, June 28, 2013.
Active weather continued across the Eastern states on Friday, while hot temperatures spread across the West. A broad low pressure system moved over the Northeast and created showers and thunderstorms from the Northeast through the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these storms turned severe with strong winds and large hail. Quarter size hail was reported near Forrest City, Arkansas, while strong winds with gusts up to 70 mph were reported from Pennsylvania through Missouri and Alabama. Most places saw scattered showers with periods of heavy rainfall. Heaviest rainfall was reported in Homestead, Florida with a mid-day total of 2.52 inches of rain by mid-day on Friday.
Out West, hot temperatures started to spread across the Desert Southwest and northward across the Western states as a strong ridge of high pressure continued building over the region. This created warm, dry, and sunny conditions for most of the West. Excessive heat advisories have been issued for many areas as record breaking high temperatures are anticipated for the desert locations of the Desert Southwest. Mid-day high temperatures reached up to 108 degrees at Palm Springs, California, while Yuma, Arizona reached up to 106 degrees. These temperatures continued to climb throughout the afternoon.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of 36 degrees at Stanley, Idaho to a midday high of 108 degrees at Palm Springs, Calif.
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