Much of the Country Will Experience a Hotter Than Average Summer, Experts Say
2020 has already ushered in groundbreaking temperatures in January and April.
Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means the unofficial start of summer is upon us. So, what can we expect from the warm-weather season ahead? According to The Weather Channel, the summer of 2020 is going to be hotter than ever, with much of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions set to experience above-average temperatures. However, the heat won't arrive right away. Certain areas in the Northeast—including Maine, northern New Hampshire, northern Vermont, and northern New York—will be near or slightly below average in the month of June. "Temperatures for much of northern New England will trend near average to slightly below due to the upper-level pattern, which is expected to be influenced by a blocking area of high pressure near Greenland."
In July, parts of the western Plains and Pacific Northwest are expected to experience temperatures that are "much above average." Southern California, the southern tip of Nevada, and southwestern Arizona are more likely to experience temperatures that are "near or slightly above average" in the middle of the summer. In August, temperatures will be even warmer than July. The entire Northeast region and most of the mid-Atlantic region will experience above-average temperatures, as well as the Midwest, West, and Pacific Northwest. Parts of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho will have temperatures that are much above average.
"According to our probability statistics, it's virtually certain that 2020 will rank among the top 10 years on record," Karin Gleason, a climatologist with the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), told The New York Times. This won't be the first near-record breaking season of 2020. The NCEI reported that April 2020 was the second warmest April on record, and this past January was the warmest in 141 years.