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Stormy pattern to persist across midwestern, northeastern US into midweek

Repeated downpours will continue to drench portions of the midwestern and northeastern United States for part of the week.

Heavy thunderstorms have been popping up on a near daily basis amid stifling heat and humidity across the region.

Following storms once again on Sunday, a break from the downpours will arrive across New England and the interior Northeast on Monday. The break will be short-lived, however, as another batch of drenching rain and storms will surge north and east on Tuesday into Wednesday.

"A slow-moving front will pull plentiful tropical moisture northward from the Gulf Coast early in the week," according to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Ed Vallee.

The heaviest downpours are expected to first slowly pull out of flood-weary Louisiana and move into Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois into Monday.

Due to the saturated soil and slow moving and repetitive nature of the storms, flash flooding will certainly be a concern in and around Little Rock, Arkansas; Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, Missouri; and Springfield, Illinois, into Monday night.

Beyond Monday, the zone of heaviest rain is expected to take aim at the Northeastern states.

"Drenching showers and storms will increase in coverage toward Tuesday," Vallee said.

While widespread severe weather is not expected, a few of the strongest storms could bring locally damaging winds to part of the Northeast.

Storms will likely be spotty in nature along the Interstate-95 corridor, with the most drenching downpours expected to fall along a path from the eastern Great Lakes to New England.

"Some of the downpours will be capable of producing several inches of rain in only a few hours and inundating low-lying and poor drainage areas," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Andy Mussoline.

Downpours that travel near major airport hubs could cause temporary delays.

Motorists should prepare for slower-than-normal commutes and reduced visibility from heavy rain along area interstates.

While being a nuisance to outdoor plans and travel, the rain will continue to be beneficial across the region. Many areas in the Northeast remain in abnormally dry or drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

As the front exits the region later in the week, the coverage, intensity and frequency of storms is expected to lessen.

"Drier times are in store by the end of the week," Vallee stated.