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Storms will fire up Wednesday across parts of the West and much of the East, while a heat wave builds in the south-central U.S.

Rockies, Northern Plains: Both of these regions should see plenty of rain and thunderstorms Wednesday, with some of the heaviest rain likely in Montana, the Dakotas and Minnesota. Some severe thunderstorms could also rattle the northern Plains.

East: Scattered afternoon thunderstorms could dampen much of the eastern third of the nation, with the exception of the Deep South and New England.

South-central: Sunny skies and skyrocketing temperatures will be the rule as a heat wave builds across the region. High temperatures will be in the 90s and 100s.

West Coast: The West will be mostly clear and dry on Wednesday.

Weather history for Aug. 20: In 1983, Baltimore hit an all-time record high of 105 degrees. In 2000, the temperature dropped to 32 degress in Kalispell, Mont., a record low.

In 2008, Tropical Storm Fay continued to swamp eastern Florida with flooding rain. An alligator was reported to be swimming in the streets of Melbourne.



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