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Full Steamy Ahead? Get Our 2018 Summer Forecast

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Full Steamy Ahead? Get Our 2018 Summer Forecast

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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Farmers' Almanac 2018 Summer Forecast U.S. map

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1 Patty Evans { 07.28.18 at 1:30 pm }

I live in Danville,West Virginia.What zone am I in?How’s the winter weather looking?

2 Susan Higgins { 06.11.18 at 1:21 pm }

Hi Tanette, we have a few stories for you, but keep in mind, not all plants are going to repel all animals.
– First, these plants are said to be deer resistant:
Ferns, Salvia, Geraniums, Columbine, Lily of the Valley, Tiger Lily, Snapdragon, Bleeding Heart
– To repel groundhogs:
– Garden vegetables and herbs that rabbits find unpleasant: rhubarb, tomatoes, garlic, hot peppers, basil, mint, and catnip.
Try these ideas to repel opossums:

3 Tannette Calderon { 06.10.18 at 9:57 pm }

I would really like a list of plants including herbs and flowering plants that can be grown that the yard animals will not eat; lots of rabbits, raccoons, possums, etc. I live in IL, so the weather fluctuates during each season. Thank you.

4 Audrey { 05.31.18 at 8:44 pm }

Very interested in forecast this summer

5 Chris BT { 05.09.18 at 2:47 pm }

Thanks for information on Hurricanes of the year.

6 Chris BT { 05.09.18 at 2:45 pm }


I am always interested in natural pest control. I have found your topics quite useful. Thanks

7 Susan Higgins { 04.26.18 at 9:45 am }

Hi Cathy, you can take a look at our long range weather forecasts for you zone here:
And then be sure to check your local forecast a few days before your trip. Have fun!

8 Cathy { 04.25.18 at 11:15 am }

Hi there, I am travelling from Toronto, Ontario to Orlando Florida on May 4th for a week. Just wondering if you could give me a hint on what weather systems we might encounter on the drive down, driving through the mountains.

Thank you!

9 Susan Higgins { 04.24.18 at 4:25 pm }

Hi Robert, not sure why the rest of the story was blocked, unless you have a firewall installed where you are (sometimes images get blocked when there’s a firewall. It may have blocked it right when the maps started). Your Zone is Zone 2, “Warm to hot, with near normal rainfall” is in store for your summer.

10 Robert Riley { 04.23.18 at 4:16 am }

Is it going to be hot in Lisle Illinois in summer? I saw the article but I couldn’t continue because it was blocked.

11 Susan Higgins { 04.22.18 at 10:51 pm }

Hi Marilyn, the Almanac has all the advance weather information but if you don’t have your copy, our summer forecast, above, also includes a link to our Long-Range Weather planner for your zone here (you didn’t indicate where the wedding was). Here it is:
We supply up to 2 months of weather free, but if you want weather for October, you’ll have to sign up for a membership, which you can do here:
You can pick the level that works for you. Thanks for your note!

12 Marilyn Wojtas { 04.22.18 at 7:08 am }

would like to know the weather for October 6, 2018. This for a wedding on that day.

Thank you.

13 Chet { 04.21.18 at 8:36 am }

Great planning info…THANKS !

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