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Summer Outlook: No Drought Relief For West, Texas

June 2, 2014

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Summer 2014 is going to be a hot and dry one for large stretches of the U.S.`s West and Southwest, with high fire danger brewing in many of these drought-stricken areas, says the just released WeatherBug Summer Outlook.

The worst of the heat and dry weather will be found from southern and central Plains, Texas and northern Louisiana westward across the Southwest into California and the Pacific Northwest, says the forecast for the June through August period. These locations will have an increased chance of above-normal temperatures and drought-extending dry spells. Combined with the ongoing drought, conditions will be ripe for major wildfire outbreaks all summer. The hot weather will likely test air conditioners and utility grids.

"For this summer, we see a number of climate factors lining up, pointing to increased chances for above-normal temperatures from Texas and the southern Plains, across the southwest U.S., and over the entire West Coast. We will also be watching a developing El Nino that could impact the U.S. later this summer and into fall and winter," says WeatherBug Senior Meteorologist James Aman.

On the flip side, the northern Rockies, northern Plains, Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast will have an increased chance of seeing below normal temperatures. This includes Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and Minneapolis.

The rest of the U.S., including the highly populated Deep South, Southeast, Florida, Mid-Atlantic and coastal New England will have normal summer temperatures. Even so, 80s and 90s with high humidity will surely send people scattering to beaches, lakes and pools.

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