As the weather continues to heat up, it's time to brace yourself for some extremely hot temperatures in the coming months. From June to August of this year, most of the western and central United States can expect hotter than average weather, according to a report from the Weather Chanel.
The La Niña phenomenon that we experienced in the winter and are still experiencing into the spring is paving the way for these scorching temperatures ahead.
"If we look at summers following first-year La Niña winters, we can see a very hot signal across most of the western and northern U.S.," says Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The Weather Company, in the report. Portions of the East and South, meanwhile, should only expect a slight increase in their normal summer weather.
This extreme heat is nothing to take lightly: It's already causing droughts on half of the land across the US, stretching from Oregon to Texas, according to the Weather Channel's drought monitor this month.
A map from the NOAA's Climate Prediction Center shows that the drought is expected to continue into May and may spread throughout the southern plains.
Climate change is at the heart of the reason for this year's hotter than average weather. In 2019, Climate Central released a report showing that summer temperatures had risen two degrees higher from 1970 to 2018.
With this year's summer predicted to be a particularly hot one, there will more than likely be heat advisory warnings throughout the country, so be sure to stay cool, hydrated, and wear your sunscreen!
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