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Severe weather will hit the northern plains as a major heat wave will spread across the country

Even though most of the rain has disappeared across South Florida, a Flood Watch remains in effect for more than four million people from Fort Lauderdale to Key Largo, including Miami.

Scattered showers are not normally a problem in Florida, but with so many locations receiving 3 to 2 feet of rain recently, any showers today could lead to more flooding. Looking ahead, the risk of additional flooding will decrease further in the coming days.

Over the past seven days, Miami and Fort Lauderdale have officially seen more than 40 inches of rain.

PHOTO: weather graph on flood threat (ABC News)PHOTO: weather graph on flood threat (ABC News)

PHOTO: weather graph on flood threat (ABC News)

Sunday is finally looking like a “mostly” dry day for the South Florida region, although there is always a chance for an emerging thunderstorm for this area.

PHOTO: A woman sweeps out her home in the flooded Green Acres Village in Hallandale Beach, Florida, on June 13, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel via TNS via Newscom)PHOTO: A woman sweeps out her home in the flooded Green Acres Village in Hallandale Beach, Florida, on June 13, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel via TNS via Newscom)

PHOTO: A woman sweeps out her home in the flooded Green Acres Village in Hallandale Beach, Florida, on June 13, 2024. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun Sentinel via TNS via Newscom)

Today’s serious risk

This afternoon and evening, severe thunderstorms are likely in two areas of the northern Plains, including cities such as Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Bismarck, North Dakota; Fast City, South Dakota; and Minot, North Dakota.

PHOTO: Weather graph for severe threat (ABC News)PHOTO: Weather graph for severe threat (ABC News)

PHOTO: Weather graph for severe threat (ABC News)

Damaging winds, large hail and scattered tornadoes are all possible in this area as the afternoon turns into the overnight hours.

Dangerous heat expands

This weekend, excessive heat warnings are in effect in parts of the Southwest, as temperatures soar above 100 degrees in cities like Phoenix, Arizona; Tucson, Ariz.; El Paso, Texas; and Las Vegas.

That heat will spread eastward in the coming days, leading to a potentially record-breaking period of brutal heat for dozens of cities.

PHOTO: Southwest Heat Weather Graph (ABC News)PHOTO: Southwest Heat Weather Graph (ABC News)

PHOTO: Southwest Heat Weather Graph (ABC News)

On Sunday, the heat will reach the Heartland and the Midwest, with cities including St. Louis, Missouri; Nashville, Tenn.; and Little Rock, Arkansas, all experiencing record temperatures near 100 degrees.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has already issued an Excessive Heat Watch, Monday morning through Friday evening, calling this an “extended, potentially historic heat wave.”

On Monday, the extreme heat risk covers Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri and Des Moines, Iowa.

The brutal heat on Tuesday reaches the east. Record highs are likely in dozens of cities from Ohio to Vermont as temperatures soar into the mid-90s.

Not only does the heat continue to increase later in the week, but the numbers continue to rise. Highs could approach 100 in cities like Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; and Concord, New Hampshire.

In the tropics

Despite a very quiet start to the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, there is some potential activity on the horizon. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring an area around the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico and currently has a 50% chance of tropical development over the next seven days.

If this blob lives up to its potential, it could become Alberto’s first named storm of the year.

Conditions in the tropics this summer are worrying, with both ocean temperatures and atmospheric conditions poised to produce storms. There is no guarantee it will be a record year, but it is still very early in the season and business could pick up quickly.

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