Weather forecast for summer 2024: Expect unusually high temperatures

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Get those slippers ready: they're shaping up to be Unusually hot summer For most of the United States, meteorologists said this week.

in New summer forecast map Almost the entire country is blanketed in red or orange, meaning temperatures are expected to be warmer than average in June, July and August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said areas where unusual heat was likely include the Northeast and a large swath of the west.

The weather company, in Forecast released ThursdayHe also said warmer than average conditions are expected to cover much of the country this summer.

The one who predicts them Todd CrawfordHe said there are signs in long-term models and climate trends that the summer of 2024 could eventually become one of the hottest summers on record.

The hottest summers in the United States were in 2021 and 1936, according to NOAA.

However, not all forecasters believe the summer will be hot. Accuweatherwhich issues its summer outlook on May 1, told USA TODAY on Friday that “we're looking at a milder-than-average summer across the United States, with a few hot spots in the Northeast and Southwest.”

The exit of the El Niño phenomenon and the entry of the La Niña phenomenon

Anthony Artusa, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), told USA TODAY that a declining El Niño and developing La Niña are factors in the agency's forecast for a warm summer. In addition, long-term trends of above-normal temperatures are taken into account in the forecast. This is especially true for the northeastern United States, Artusa said.

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Where will there be relief from the heat?

No part of the contiguous United States is expected to have cooler than average temperatures during the summer months. A forecast map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that only the far northern Plains may survive the unusually warm summer.

What about rainfall?

The forecast indicates that although a wet summer may be in store for much of the East Coast, the summer is expected to be drier than average for most of the Plains and Rocky Mountains. That, combined with the heat, could worsen drought and wildfires across the West, Artusa said.

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