Most of the Country Will Be Hot and Humid This Summer, According to the Farmers' Almanac
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, it looks like you may in for beautiful temperatures and clear skies this summer-the rest of us, however, might be spending lots of time indoors. According to the just-released weather forecast for summer 2019 in the Farmers' Almanac, most regions in the United States are expected to experience unseasonably warm temperatures. In some areas, excessive rain, mugginess, and overall oppressive humidity will be the norm, too.
The publication releases a summer weather forecast every single year, using methodology that staff members have reportedly used for more than 200 years; this summer, it seems that they're predicting New England to be the wettest region, with plenty of muggy days on the horizon. "Much of our summer forecast predicts lots of rain, thunderstorms, and wetness during July and August in the Northeast and New England areas," said Pete Geiger, an editor at Farmers' Almanac. "The increased clouds and showers will likely keep temperatures below the dozen or so 90-degree days that might otherwise occur. However, you should count on days with temps well up into the 80s. Add to that the above-normal precipitation, and you've got oppressively humid and uncomfortable conditions."
Along the Mid-Atlantic seaboard into the Southeast, sweltering heat and palatable moisture is common in the summer season-but those conditions are also expected to intensify. In the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida, residents should expect a pretty intense hurricane season-the Almanac predicts that many tropical storms will begin to affect weather patterns as early as May, continuing into June before a full-force hurricane season kicks into effect in September.
In the Midwest, temperatures won't be too high, but residents could face unique conditions like "large hail" and "damaging straight-line winds" during thunderstorms that are expected to pepper the area throughout the season. The opposite is true for those living on the west coast and in the Southwest, where temperatures are going to reach record highs, if not break them. The Almanac points out that Los Angeles broke a heat wave record at 111-degrees Fahrenheit last summer, and these areas could see even higher temperatures this year.
Regardless of where you live, or if these predictions turn out to be accurate, it's important to keep your health and safety in mind this summer. Be sure to keep hydrated and enjoy a balanced, nutritious diet; heading outdoors and enjoying whatever weather comes your way is a great way to be active, but it also means you'll have to take extra good care to be able to do so.