Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts a Hot and Wet Summer for Most of the Country

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As summer fast approaches and the hot, shining weather makes its debut, people are starting to get really excited for the season. After all, summer means heading to the beach, splashing in pools, ice cream trips and so much more. All the fun to come!

However, the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s latest forecast, predicted by Old Farmer’s Almanac meteorologist Michael Steinberg, is saying that this summer may be a real hot one for most of the country. It also may come with quite a bit of precipitation.

Summer officially begins on June 21, and it’s going to start off with quite the bang. “We expect this season to start off with warm to hot temperatures and isolated thunderstorms across most of the United States,” the Almanac states, adding that the Appalachians and Ohio Valley are the only areas who might expect cool and wet conditions during that time.

As summer goes on, it’s only going to get hotter. “The United States is in for another season of high heat,” the Almanac states. “On average, we’re predicting summer temperatures to be hotter than normal across most of the country.”

That means locations ranging from the Atlantic Corridor south to Florida, across to the West Coast, and almost everywhere in between are going to need to be prepared to drip with sweat. Places that will endure a bit of cooler weather include the Northeast, eastern Ohio Valley, and Upper Midwest.

He’s also predicting more rainfall than usual in most areas. “In most of the country, look forward to near- or above-normal precipitation to accompany summer’s high temperature,” he says.

The areas that may experience lower than average rainfall include the areas between southern New England southward to Florida, as well as the Appalachians westward through the eastern Ohio Valley, southern Texas westward through the Desert Southwest, and across the northern High Plains, Alaska, and eastern Hawaii. That doesn’t mean anything good for these locations, though—”Lower rainfall amounts may result in drought conditions in some parts of the country, too,” he states.

Well—we guess that’s what summer is all about, right? Being hot hot hot! So bust out your coolest summer outfits, make some popsicles and get ready for one scorching season.

What type of weather do you prefer in the summer? Do you think you’ll enjoy the above average temperature and rain, or will most likely be lounging on the couch in the comfort of air conditioning most of the summer?