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Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, June 16, 2016

An area of low pressure shifted across the lower Great Lakes on Thursday, while a warm air mass lingered over the Plains.

A wave of low pressure transitioned east southeastward across the Midwest. This system ushered rain and strong thunderstorms across the upper Midwest, the Ohio Valley, the central Appalachians and the northern Mid-Atlantic. A tornado warning was issued for south central Pennsylvania, while severe thunderstorm watches were issued from eastern Ohio to Maryland. Roswell, Ohio, reported 1.25 inch sized hail. Akron, Ohio, reported a midday total of 2.09 inches of rain. Just the south, numerous clusters of thunderstorms fired up across the Southeast. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for southwest Georgia. Dothan, Ala., reported a midday total of 1.25 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, extreme heat persisted in the southern and central Plains and the Mississippi Valley. Excessive heat warnings were issued for portions of Oklahoma, Arkansas, northwest Mississippi and western Tennessee. Millington, Tenn., recorded a midday high of 95 degrees with a heat index of 115 degrees. Newport, Ark., recorded a midday high of 97 degrees with a heat index of 111 degrees.

Scattered showers continued to develop across the Pacific Northwest and the upper Intermountain West due to an onshore flow from the Pacific. Cool air also stayed in place over the Northwest. Winnemucca, Nev., recorded a morning low of 26 degrees. Seattle, Wash., recorded a midday high of 64 degrees.

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Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 26 degrees at Winnemucca, Nev. to a midday high of 104 degrees at Roswell, N.M.