National Weather Service Issues Significant Warnings As Wild Conditions Ramp Up Nationally


Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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The National Weather Service issued another warning late Wednesday as excessive heat and damaging weather ramped up across the U.S. again.

NWS issued excessive heat warnings and heat advisories for much of the south-central U.S., as hot weather continues to plague parts of the mid-Atlantic states through to the northeast. But the northeast will also contend with potentially locally-damaging wind gusts, risk of hail storms, and heavy rainfall through Thursday.

These conditions could also move into the mid-Atlantic, and would honestly be a welcome reprieve from the staggering heat and humidity we’re dealing with right now. Thunderstorms are expected to move through the mid-Atlantic down through the Appalachians on Thursday, NWS continued in the larger forecasts.

The threat of severe thunderstorms will increase on Friday as a large front moves eastwards through Southern New England. Hazards are expected to continue throughout the weekend as large storm systems move over the Atlantic.

Air quality alerts were issued for the Central Plains region, into the Upper Mississippi Valley, and over to Maine. The alert is exclusively related to wildfire smoke blowing down from west-central Canada and eastern Canada. (RELATED: Watch As Brief Tornado Hurls Car Around The Road During Tropical Storm Idalia)

Further west, in Oklahoma, risk of thunderstorms, frequent lightning, some tornadoes, and large wind gusts and hail will increase Friday. Please prepare as is needed for your location.