Summer officially begins Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 6:07 a.m. EDT. This is the date of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in terms of daylight. For many, it’s one of the most anticipated seasons of the year—school’s out and it’s time for family vacations, barbecuing, swimming, boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. But if the weather doesn’t cooperate, these events could turn out to be a bust. To help you plan your warm-weather adventures and vacations, you’ll want to check our summer forecast.
See the full video of the forecast, below.
2018 Summer Forecast
Hot, Hot, Hot!
According to our time-tested, 200-year-old weather formula, summer 2018 will be warmer than normal for most of the nation with much of the middle and western areas of the country seeing the hottest temperatures, especially in July. Better have those air conditioners ready! The Southeast (Zone 3) will experience the triple Hs: hazy, hot, and humid conditions which may put a crimp in those traditional outdoor summer activities. Not until autumn will it be comfortable to truly enjoy activities outdoors in that area of the country. Only those in the Northwest (Zone 6), will see cooler-than-average summer temperatures.
Stormy or Parched?
Thunderstorms are to summer what snowstorms are to winter. It wouldn’t be the season without them. And this summer, we’re calling for above-average precipitation mainly due to locally heavy thunderstorms for much of the South Central United States (Zone 5). We also predict quite a few bouts of heavy precipitation across a swath covering parts of the Rockies, Plains, and Midwest, east to the Mid-Atlantic. Be sure to check our long-range weather planner here before scheduling any outdoor events. Elsewhere, including New England and the Northeast (Zone 1), anticipate below-normal precipitation, which may lead to drought conditions.
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Beat The Heat
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Enjoy the Outdoors
It's Camping Season!
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