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That's a lot of hail: the scene in Santa Rosa, N.M., after the storm blew through Wednesday.

As Southwest Finally Cools, Southeast Gets Drenched

By Mark Memmott NPR

The good news from the National Weather Service:

“The Western U.S. will begin to cool on Wednesday after several days of record-high temperatures. Temperatures will still be hot in many locations, but will be closer to normal for this time of year.”

The not-so-good news if you’re in the Southeast and have outdoor plans on Independence Day:

“Much of the Eastern U.S will also experience near-average temperatures on Wednesday, but will have a chance of rain. The Southeast, in particular, will be wet with several inches of rain possible.”

At least the forecast doesn’t include a repeat of what happened Wednesday evening in Santa Rosa, N.M. As The Weather Channel reports, “a lone thunderstorm dumped over a foot of hail in the town.”

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