Summer Weather Forecast 2020: Hot Weather Continues Into August

Read the Latest Forecast for August 2020!

July 15, 2020
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Ready for August? We predicted that summer weather would be warmer than average this summer, and it looks like August continues that trend. Check out our forecast to see the August 2020 temperature and precipitation outlook for your area, compliments of Old Farmer’s Almanac meteorologist Michael Steinberg.

August Forecast: Late Summer Celebrations

August 3 marks Canada’s Civic Holiday, which is celebrated across most of the country and also known by a number of other more localized names. Although there may be some sun shining through at times, we expect showers to be dampening what celebrations there are in most places— but not Canadians’ indomitable spirit, of course!

With rainy periods everywhere except in New England and Ontario, Book Lovers Day (August 9) will be a good one for staying indoors to read.

The weather on the first day of the National Roller Coaster Weekend Celebration (August 15) will have its ups and downs. East Coast showers will throw us for a loop, the nation’s midsection will coast to sunny weather, and temperatures won’t dip much in the west, with hot weather on track to arrive.

National Lazy Day (August 10) and National Relaxation Day (August 15) are nearly back to back, so I should probably just chill instead of presenting the forecast. But chill won’t be in the air in many places, as above-normal temperatures will prevail during this time.

Finally, National Waffle Day (August 24) will not bring any waffling from us, as we pick that day to mark the first snow of the season to be sliding across northern Alaska like thick maple syrup, while showers will be scattered about all of Canada and most of the United States.

Summer Weather Forecast for the U.S.

Will It Be a Hot Summer?

If you like your summers nice and hot, you’re all set! Generally speaking, we’ve predicted that summer temperatures will be hotter than normal, with the hottest periods in mid-June, mid- to late July, and early August. Rainfall will be below normal in the north and above normal in the south.


June set the tone for the season. We predicted above-normal temperatures in the northeastern quarter of the United States, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska; June temperatures were expected to be cooler than normal in most other areas, including Florida, the Southeast, the Intermountain region, and from Texas-Oklahoma west to the California coast. 

Most areas were forecasted to have near- to above-normal rainfall in June, with drier weather expected in Northeast, Appalachians, Southeast, Desert Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and southern Alaska.


July will bring mostly good weather for outdoor activities—especially those near water—with temperatures above normal in nearly all of the northern half of the United States. In the Heartland and across the southern half of the United States, although temperatures will be near or slightly below normal, on average, there will still be plenty of hot days.

July rainfall will be below normal from the Northeast westward across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley through the Upper Midwest and Heartland. Rainfall will also be below normal in the High Plains, Desert Southwest, and Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere in the United States, rainfall will be near or above normal, with well above–normal rainfall and many thunder bumpers in the Atlantic Corridor, Southeast, Deep South, Texas, and Oklahoma.


August will continue the trend of having good weather for outdoor activities, with summer temperatures near or above normal in most of the United States, although not as hot as normal from New England into Pennsylvania and New Jersey, in the Upper Midwest and Texas, from the Intermountain region and Desert Southwest to the Pacific, in Alaska, and on Oahu.

August rainfall will be below normal in Maine, around New York’s Finger Lakes, from Florida and the Southeast westward to Texas, and in the High Plains, Desert Southwest, southern Alaska, and Hawaii. Elsewhere in the United States, rainfall will be near or above normal.

To see the extended forecast for your region, check out our free 60-day Long Range Forecasts!

Looking Ahead to Fall 2020

Dare we even speak of fall weather yet? Well, that is our job, after all.

Temperatures will drop as autumn arrives in September. The cooler-than-normal temperatures, on average, will linger through the month in most places, but don’t put away the t-shirts. Just when an early winter seems inevitable, October will roll in with milder-than-normal temperatures nearly everywhere—actually, make that “much warmer than normal” temps in the eastern two-thirds of the United States.

But enjoy it while it lasts: As the leaves begin turning color and floating to the ground, above-normal rainfall will visit the Deep South and Southeast and range northeastward to New England, as well as predominate from central California northward through the Pacific Northwest. Most other areas will be dry or nearly so.

Hurricane Season

As you may have heard, June 1 marked the official beginning of Atlantic hurricane season, which runs until November 30. We are predicting tropical storm activity to be near average, with the best chance for a major hurricane strike to occur in mid-September from Florida to North Carolina.

Other threats of hurricanes or tropical storms will occur in the same area in mid- to late June, in Florida in mid- to late July and mid- to late October, and in early to mid-October from the Deep South and Southeast northeastward to New England. 

► How many hurricanes are expected this year? See the full 2020 hurricane forecast here.

Summer Weather Forecast for Canada

A Hot One Up North, Too!


In June, temperatures were expected to be above-normal in almost all of Canada, save for the Atlantic provinces. Rainfall was predicted to be similarly above-average in most of the country, but drier weather was expected in the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, and British Columbia.


In time for Canada Day on the 1st, summer temperatures will continue to be hotter than normal across the southern three-quarters of Canada. Northern Canada will be on the cool side during July. July rainfall will be above normal in most of the Canadian Commonwealth, although Atlantic Canada and the Prairies will be on the dry side.


Canadian temperatures will be above normal except from Quebec to central Ontario and in Saskatchewan and portions of British Columbia. August rainfall will be below normal in all of Atlantic Canada except Newfoundland and in Quebec and western Ontario and near or above normal elsewhere.

Autumn in Canada

Looking ahead to fall, we expect autumn temperatures to be above normal in Atlantic Canada, southern Ontario, the Prairies, British Columbia, and the Yukon and below normal elsewhere across the Canadian commonwealth. Precipitation will be below or near normal in Ontario and the Prairies and above normal in nearly all parts of the other Canadian provinces.

Learn More About the Weather

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Small Town farms, farmers, gardeners and such!

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Later, I learned about The Old Farmer's Almanac in school. I believe it was history class; so, therefore, I also learned about "Poor Richard's Almanac, and others." These recollections helped me to decide to try to learn how to tell time from The Old Farmer's Almanac, the weather, AND gardening!!! You see, I'm excited about my new house and I want to raise all sorts of vegetables AND fruit trees. As long as my yard and various South Carolina "zones" will permit good growth. I'll just have to experiment along with the new information that I receive and information that I believe I can remember from YEARS ago! I'll just start with water as I have started in my gardening experiences before--which were usually just a few flower pots, but I was an aspiring home owner and farmer. I never really told many people about my desire to own a farm though--but, now I'm beginning to do just that. One person from the USDA even suggested that I have a much larger farm than one with just a few chickens, ducks, geese, cats, dogs, a jersey cow, an iguana, a pond, and at least two birds. Believe me sirs, that's not all. Which, sirs, you bringinging a new brick and mortar Old Farmer's Almanac Store to small towns is where you come in-- I do hope!!
In my business plans sirs, I have chosen with delight to focus on small towns across the country and the world--later, to do business in--establishing "something to do in a small town!" You see sirs, as much as I love my home. Sometimes, I get bored! Or, I get so inspired in my home town with a new idea, that I think that my small town may not be big enough to acommodate such ideas--at least sirs, I use to think that way. I no longer think that way. Sometimes, you just have to give things a try--that's what the frontiersmen used to do that I used to study about with fascination; how they built houses with axes; traveled clear across America with an ax, a map, and some hope. Also, sirs some gumption! Maybe, they didn't always have a lot of money or banks either--just a whole lot of land to be cleared that they probably heard about from someone else who wanted to make new discoveries with the will to risk something "new." That sirs, experiencing something new, is what I'm doing now and yes, sirs, in a small town. I have built my business plan around small towns and back to basics planning--right down to the materials I use. A pen and some notebook paper or lineless paper. It's not fancy--but my plans for Batesburg-Leesville, my small hometown and its function is fancy. Something I hope a whole lot of people will like, look forward to, and be willing to travel across the world to see; so, I hope you will consider coming to Batesburg-Leesville with a new "Old Farmer's Almanac Store and all that you have to bring from your almanac--please consider hardily those other towns as well. Thank you for your consideration, gentlemen. My name is Keisha L. Johnson. My address is PO Box 2103, Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina. My phone number is
1-803-532-4240. I look forward to seeing you and your store soon for some great shopping!

Alberta Canada weather, July 2020

I love so much about Farmer's Almanac, but the weather predictions are not among them. It is July 18, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and a grim, cloudy, soon-to-be-rainy day it is. Like nearly every day this summer. I have a big sweater on, and slippers, because it's cold. We've opened our windows in the house only a handful of times this "summer." I don't know if we've broken any low temp records, but it's been cold, rainy, and awful. I like your version better, but that ain't here.

Not sure about eastern Canada

Not sure about eastern Canada, but these predictions are out to lunch for the west. It’s been a terrible summer so far. As for Canada day being hot? Haha! Try rain, storms and below average temps. The long range forecast is also straight crap weather.

Date and Month is wrong

We are in June-18th 2020 NOT May 29th , so our forcast for today is wrong and any other day if you dont change it ,, Newfoundland Canada

Long-Range Forecasts

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May 29 is when this article was originally published. However, the forecast is for the summer season. Our long-range forecasts are produced and published months in advance in order to give readers a view of what weather’s on the way!

I love seeing the forcast for the USA

What fun!! Love seeing all the info on the weather throughout our Beautiful USA! Thank you...thinking of purchasing the almanac.

thks for the newsletter really enjoy

I use all information for planning my outside work

Summer 2020

Ugh. Sizzle/Drizzle. Hot and humid. Oh boy!