Get Ready: The U.S. Will Face a “Hotter-Than-Average” Summer This Year

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From Good Housekeeping

  • The U.S. can expect a “hotter-than-average” summer, according to the The Weather Channel.
  • After the warmest January in 141 years, global temperatures in 2020 are on track to be among the hottest ever recorded.

Don’t be fooled by the random snow and frigid winds that took over Mother’s Day weekend in many parts of the country. The next few months are going to be sizzling. The Weather Channel reports that most of the U.S. can plan on having a “hotter-than-average” summer in 2020.

May will end with “temperatures near average or slightly warmer from the Northeast and mid-Atlantic into the Midwest, as well as along the West Coast,” The Weather Channel reports. The South and interior West can also expect above-average temps through May, while parts of northern North Dakota and Minnesota may see below-average numbers for this month.

But things will heat up quickly. In June and July, temperatures will be nearly or slightly above average in basically every part of the country. And getting into August, most states will experience higher-than-normal heat, with the highest spike hitting various parts of the Northwest, including eastern Washington and Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, western Wyoming, northern Utah, and northeastern Nevada.

A hot summer should come as no surprise. After all, we kicked off 2020 with the warmest January in 141 years. Through March, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that global land and ocean surface temperatures hit a new high since 1880—2.07 degrees Fahrenheit above average, per Scientific American.

Karin Gleason, a climatologist with the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), told The New York Times that they’re “virtually certain that 2020 will rank top 10 years on record,” she said.

In fact, one NCEI analysis concluded that 2020 has a 49% chance of being the warmest year ever, and a 98% chance that it will rank among the top five ever recorded. So, yes, it’s going to be a hot one.

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