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Frequent July Storms to Sabotage Outdoor Plans in Midwest, East

It has rained on the majority of days since early June in many parts of the Midwest and the mid-Atlantic states. Is there any sign of the rainy weather taking a break?

No long-lasting relief is likely from the parade of showers and thunderstorms stretching across part of the Midwest and mid-Atlantic through much of July.

Splash and Dash Showers in New England

According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Paul Pastelok, New England will continue to have some fairly decent breaks in wet weather.

"More often than not downpours will continue to favor the Ohio Valley and lower mid-Atlantic," Pastelok said. "The area from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, part of Virginia, western Maryland and southwestern Pennsylvania will be in the zone of the most frequent rains."

Other frequent problem areas will be in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and northeastern Missouri.

Much of the ground from the central and northern Plains to the Ohio Valley and part of the mid-Atlantic has become saturated or very damp at the least. Rivers and streams are running higher than average for July in this swath. In some cases, such as the Central states, rivers are still in flood stages and small streams may rise out of their banks from little additional rainfall.

Meanwhile, homeowners and landscaping crews may struggle to find time to cut grass during the wet pattern.

According to Eric Leister, "When you see a break coming your way on AccuWeather MinuteCast® for Your Location or the AccuWeather radar, you better take advantage of it."

The frequent rounds of rain have been a deterrent for outdoor activities such as golf, sports practice, ballgames and amusement parks. Meanwhile, places such as movie theaters and malls may be getting a boost from the rainy weather.