Summer is just around the corner, and in Pennsylvania, that can bring a range of weather. So, what’s to expect from this summer’s forecast? The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center has released its report for what they predict across the U.S. for weather this summer, and it’s an interesting mix, including the Pennsylvania summer weather outlook.
The climate outlook is predicted for June through August. It shows that much of the lower 48 states and Alaska are expected to see a hotter than average summer, but what about our state? Read on for the scoop.
The NOAA outlook, which they released Thursday (May 25), shows the most likely areas to get above average temperatures are across the Southwestern U.S. In the areas of New Mexico and Arizona, there’s a 60% to 70% likelihood of a warmer than average summer. From Texas up through the New England area, there’s about a 50% to 60% chance of warmer than average temperatures. As for precipitation, a drier summer is predicted for the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. That’s bad news for drought conditions, of course. Meanwhile, the mid-and-lower Mississippi, Ohio Valley and the East and Gulf Coasts are expected to get more precipitation this season. It’s worth mentioning that the NOAA’s seasonal outlook does not predict the chance of extreme heat events or wildfires.
Specifically, for the Pennsylvania summer weather outlook, the seasonal outlook map shows hotter temperatures. For the western part of the state, there’s a 33% to 40% chance of a hotter summer. For the eastern part, it’s a 40% to 50% chance. Then, around Philly, it actually jumps to a 50% to 60% chance of a hotter summer, much more than most areas of the U.S. So, get ready for a scorcher. What’s interesting is that no states are projected to get colder than normal temperatures, according to this report. Find the full report from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center here. It includes an interactive map, where you can play around with different areas of the country.
Whether it’s warmer or average temperatures this summer, one fun activity is always going to an amusement park. Here’s a list of some of the best amusement parks in America!