2016 US summer forecast: More 90-degree days than normal to scorch East; West to battle drought, fires
I always like to see how right or wrong they are. Usually it's a mixed bag. While some weeks might be correct, it's difficult to summarize a whole season in just a few words.
By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
May 4, 2016; 5:47 PM ET
As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.
Rain and thunderstorms will dominate the pattern in the central and southern Plains, while the opposite occurs in California and the Northwest, and scarce rainfall leads to severe drought conditions.
Northeast, mid-Atlantic: Heat to come on strong in early summer
Heat will come on strong in June for the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, including in New York City, Boston, and Hartford, Connecticut. However, severe weather in July could turn the warm pattern on its head.
"July is a tricky month where there may be a few cooldowns from thunderstorms and back door fronts, but other than that I think June, July and August, you'll see your series of heat waves," AccuWeather Expert Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
For the season as a whole, numerous 90-degree days will be recorded from Boston to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Late in the season, the intense heat will lead to increasingly dry conditions, which could boost the fire threat across the Northeast.