The Farmer's Almanac Predicts Summer Will Be Extra Hot
Summer in the South is always a magical time. The days are longer, the kids are out of school, and the lightning bugs come out to play each and every night. But, this year in the South, summer may come with one uninvited guest: Extra high humidity.
According to this year's Farmer's Almanac predictions, summer 2019 should see near-normal seasonal temperatures "across much of the nation." But, the 202-year-old prediction service noted, there will be exceptions.
As The Farmer's Almanac noted, the Southeast should expect a "sweltering" and "thundery" weather. Specifically, it added that "oppressively high humidity paired with frequent thunderstorms will be the rule for the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida during July."
And there's a bit more bad news.
"As far as tropical cyclones are concerned, it appears that the southeast U.S. will be exclusively in the crosshairs."
The Almanac noted, officially, hurricane season does not get underway until June 1st, but, "we're predicting an early season tropical disturbance to threaten in the mid-to-latter part of May." A tropical storm, it added, could again pose a threat in mid-June, and following a lull in July and August, a hurricane threat could evolve in mid-September and mid-October.
If you're planning a vacation to the North this year you may be out of luck too.
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"Much of our summer forecast predicts lots of rain, thunderstorms, and wetness during July and August in the Northeast and New England areas," Farmers' Almanac editor Pete Geiger shaded in a statement with Good Housekeeping. "The increased clouds and showers will likely keep temperatures below the dozen or so 90-degree days that might otherwise occur. However, you should count on days with temperatures well up into the 80's. Add to that the above-normal precipitation, and you've got oppressively humid and uncomfortable conditions."
So, where can you go this year for a sunny, warm, and dry summer? Try the Pacific Northwest. It will have a drier-than-usual forecast and "pleasant and fair conditions all the way through to August."
But, then again, isn't hot, hazy, and humid really a "normal" summer in the South anyway?