After an exceptionally long, cold winter and a wet start to spring for most sections of the U.S. and Canada, you might be yearning for summer and wondering what’s in store.
You may want to retract that wish, though; the 2014 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac says the coming summer will be exceptionally hot across much of North America, with “oppressive” humidity throughout the eastern half of the United States. Only the Pacific Northwest is predicted to be “comfortably warm and dry.”
We predict that while warm weather will initially be slow to establish itself, by July summer heat will have arrived in full force across much of North America.
Hot weather will cover the Southwest; typical summertime temperatures will broil the Southern Plains, while the Central and Northern Plains will swelter through a warm-to-hot summer. To the east of the Mississippi, it won’t be as much a hot summer as it will be a humid summer. Oppressively levels of humidity will make for many uncomfortable days (and nights).
The central part of the nation will see near-normal summer precipitation; the Western states will be drier than normal, while across the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio Valleys on east to the Atlantic Seaboard wetter than normal conditions are expected, thanks chiefly to copious shower and thunderstorm activity.
In the nation’s midsection, we expect “tornado alley” to flare-up in late June. We are also forecasting an early-season tropical storm along the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast states by the end of June and a possible hurricane or tropical storm during the third week of July near or along the Atlantic Seaboard. Typically, tropical cyclone activity over Atlantic and Caribbean waters increases precipitously during the second week of August and reaches its traditional peak on September 10.
Northward into Canada, we predict the Prairies will experience a warm-to-hot summer, while Ontario and all points to the east, it will be a humid summer.
The Prairies will see near-normal summer precipitation; British Columbia will be drier than normal, while across Ontario and Quebec on east to the Atlantic Seaboard wetter than normal conditions are expected, thanks chiefly to copious shower and thunderstorm activity.
Finally, regarding tropical activity in Canada, we are forecasting a possible hurricane or tropical storm in late July near the Maritimes.
For a more detailed look at what to expect in your area, be sure to check our long-range forecast!