Summer officially begins this Friday, June 21, and it’s shaping up to be another hot one—for some of us, at least. Read our 2019 Summer Weather Forecast to see what the season’s got in store for your area!
Summer Weather Ahead!
The summer solstice (Friday, June 21, 2019) marks the official start of summer—and you know what that means: it’s probably going to get hot! For some parts of the country, we’re expecting a hotter- and drier-than-normal season, while others are in for some relief from last year’s extreme heat. See details for your region below.
2019 Summer Weather Forecast for the United States
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A Hot, Dry One out West
The western half of the country will bear the brunt of the heat this year, with hotter-than-normal summer temperatures in the forecast for those located up and down the Pacific Coast, through the Interior West, and into the High Plains. This swath of warmer weather covers the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, Desert Southwest, Intermountain, and High Plains regions. The one exception to this extra heat is an area covering parts of western Texas and New Mexico, where summer temps will be on par with normal (i.e., still hot).
Expect the worst of the hot weather to coincide with the height of summer in mid- to late July, with additional warm spells in mid-June and late August.
Alongside this great heat-up, we’ll see drier-than-normal conditions throughout the regions noted above. The Pacific Southwest will be spared from this to some extent, with a normal amount of precipitation predicted for the summer months. Despite the dry conditions anticipated this summer, rain and thunderstorms are likely to move through the west in late July and early August.
Rain in Store for the South
Across a large portion of the southern U.S.—including Texas-Oklahoma, the Deep South, Florida, and the Southeast—expect higher amounts of rainfall and slightly cooler temperatures to be the hallmark of this summer. But before you unplug the A/C, know that when we say “slightly” cooler, we mean it: temperatures will rest just a few degrees below the normal summer averages, so enjoy some relief from the usual heat.
We’ll see the hottest weather in late May and August in the Southeast region, and in mid-June and mid-July elsewhere.
The rainiest part of summer for the South will stretch from mid-July through August, with threats of hurricanes and tropical storms wrapping up the season in August and September. (See Hurricane Season, below, for more information.)
Mixed Conditions Across the Midwest and Northeast
As in the South, a good portion of the North will experience slightly cooler temperatures and more rainfall this summer. This sort of weather can be expected in the Atlantic Corridor, Appalachians, and Ohio Valley, as well as in parts of the Heartland and Upper Midwest. Expect more rain and thunderstorms in these regions from late July through August.
In contrast, drier-than-normal conditions will occur in a band that stretches from the western edge of the Northeast region to the eastern edge of the High Plains, and into parts of the Lower Lakes, Upper Midwest, and Heartland regions. Cooler-than-normal temperatures are also expected in these parts of the country.
The Northeast is in for a fairly standard season, with normal temperatures and rainfall amounts predicted for the summer months. June looks like it will be the warmest and rainiest month of summer for this region.
Alaska and Hawaii
Summer in Alaska will be slightly warmer and drier than normal, with the hottest periods occurring in mid- to late July and early August.
Hawaii, on the other hand, is in for a summer of cooler, wetter conditions. Expect some heat in late June, late July, and early August.
The greatest chance of a major hurricane strike is in early September on the Gulf Coast, likely in Louisiana or eastern Texas. Watch for threats of tropical storms or hurricanes in Florida in June, September, and early October, and of tropical storms in Texas in August.
2019 Summer Weather Forecast for Canada
A Milder Summer All Around
We’re anticipating a milder summer for our friends up north, with normal to cooler-than-normal temperatures in the forecast for most of the country. In Ontario, northern Quebec, and along the coasts, expect temperatures to be cooler than normal this summer; elsewhere, look for average summer temperatures. The exceptions are western Nunavut, northern Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories, where hotter-than-normal temperatures are expected.
In terms of precipitation, Atlantic Canada, Quebec, southern B.C., and a good portion of the Prairies are in for a drier-than-normal summer. Elsewhere in Canada—including Ontario and parts of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C.—we expect conditions to be on the wetter side this year, especially towards the end of summer.
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- Don’t miss the summer solstice on June 21 at 11:54 A.M. EDT! Enjoy a long day of light, with one of the earliest sunrises and latest sunsets of the year. Find daily sunrise and sunset times in your location.