Summer temperature outlook

Summer temperature outlook

Summer temperature outlook

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by Ben Pine

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

It's not surprising with temperatures running 10-15 degrees above average in the low to mid 90s (heat index 95-100) that people are wondering if we're heading into another extremely hot and dry summer like last year.  At this point, it doesn't look like that will be the case.  Take a look at the three-month temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center below.  Much of the Ohio Valley and Upper Midwest is under an area with better chances of below average temperatures! 

The one-month CPC outlook is calling for above average temperatures, but as we saw, the three-month outlook is calling for a good chance of below average temperatures later this summer.  So, if the forecast plays out, it will remain a very warm/hot June, with some hope of relief in July or August.  Unfortunately, a little below average in July and August is probably still going to be pretty hot. 

Now, as far as precipitation goes... the CPC is calling for "equal chances".  This means a good chance of "normal" amounts of rainfall.  All of this looks pretty favorable in hoping to avoid a drought, and would not lead to a repeat of last summer's hot and dry weather.  Fingers crossed.

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