Wet weather and severe storms will keep extreme temperatures at bay in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic this summer, while heat and humidity plague the South.
Meanwhile, California will be at risk from wildfires due to abundant vegetation as the Northwest grapples with outbreaks of severe weather.
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Early storms to hold back extreme heat in Northeast; Thunderstorms aim for mid-Atlantic
Unlike the summer of 2016, when drought conditions gripped the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, this summer will bring on-and-off wet weather to both regions.
“Especially in June and July, we should see some showers and storms from time to time,” AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said.
The moisture will help to hold back extreme and prolonged heat.
“I think we’ll have some hot weather, but it won’t be as prolonged as we saw last year a couple of times,” he said.
However, northeastern I-95 cities, including New York City and Boston, may end up with slightly more 90-degree days than normal — although still fewer than last year.
“[Areas] farther south may be at or slightly below normal due to a little bit more moisture over the summer,” Pastelok said.