After a wacky, wild winter across much of the country, and a soggy spring in many areas — especially along the East Coast, where heavy rains and flooding have ravaged parts of Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey and parts of New England — things should finally begin to warm up as summer swings into full gear.
Those who complained about last year’s cool, soggy summer will probably enjoy the scorching heat the Farmers’ Almanac has predicted for the coming summer. By our calculations, most areas of the U.S. and Canada can expect hotter than normal temperatures during July and August.
Because of this year’s El Niño weather system, though, the coming summer may actually start off wetter than normal, and dry out as the summer progresses. El Niño brought some unusual weather patterns this year, but we expect the system to fade away by the early part of summer. If that happens, things should warm up considerably just about everywhere, bringing on one of the nation’s hottest summers in a good while. Only the Pacific Northwest is forecast to have near-normal temperatures this summer.
Don’t make any major outdoor plans for Independence Day this year, though. We’re predicting thunderstorms will strike most regions over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with the threat of tornadoes over the Plains states.
For the rest of the summer, look for an average amount of rainfall on the East Coast and Pacific Northwest, with wetter than normal conditions in the Midwest and South Central states, especially Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and parts of New Mexico.
California and Nevada will have an exceptionally dry summer this year, which, unfortunately, could mean another year of increased wildfire threats.
In Canada, as in the U.S., summer’s heat will come on at full force starting in July, with sweltering temperatures from Ontario through Saskatchewan. Coastal provinces can expect closer to normal temperatures. Look for plenty of rain in Ontario and Quebec with average precipitation elsewhere.
Summer also means hurricanes. Hurricane season officially begins on June 1. Watch this spot next week for overview of what to expect during hurricane season. Will there be a big one this year? Come back to find out!
For more detailed weather predictions, be sure to check out the Farmers’ Almanac Long Range Forecast for your area!