Yes, summer has always been the sweltering season. Both meteorological summer and August came to a close this week, and the numbers are in. While both Boston and Worcester ended up hotter than average, Worcester actually had more rain than is typical in the eighth month of the year. Hyannis only had six days in the 90s. At night this “battery” slowly discharges, releasing its heat, keeping the city even warmer than surrounding areas. But May was also cooler than average across much of the Plains and the East Coast, said Karin Gleason, a NOAA climatologist. Summer may look different across America this year, but one thing you can count on is plenty of weather -- and AccuWeather's long-range forecasters have details on where it will be hot… With a much lower volume of air, the boundary layer at night warms more from the heat trapped by greenhouse gases. Terms of Use Next months second summer 2020 seasonal model round-up may tell us more about where things are going as we move towards summer. as much as 20 degrees across different areas. Moist ground takes some of the sun’s energy for evaporation and it doesn’t become quite as hot. Trump campaign enjoys minor victory in Pennsylvania lawsuit over voter ID, ‘Matrix’ cast reportedly skirts Berlin ban on parties by staging one for film, Michael Jordan’s gifts to security guard in ‘The Last Dance’ going to auction, ‘No way’ Megyn Kelly will ever return to mainstream media, Walmart’s Early Black Friday TV & Streaming Deals, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. 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The warmer forecast can be blamed in part on cooling sea-surface temperatures observed in the Pacific Ocean, indicating there could be a possible La Niña brewing later this year, experts said. There is no scientific reason the trend won’t continue. But other factors, such as warm Gulf of Mexico waters, will also play a role. Dan Collins, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, said that for July, August and September across almost the entire United States “the average temperatures are likely to be above normal,” especially in the West and Northeast. Only a small part of the Midwest, centered around Missouri, has an equal chance of lower-than-normal temperatures, according to an analysis by the Climate Prediction Center. Densely packed, they also can block cooling winds. 101,330, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights Your California Privacy Rights That somehow seems contradictory, doesn’t it? By 2030 and beyond, the summer we call hot now might be just normal and a hot summer might even closely resemble something more like the summer of today in places like New York or Philadelphia. This story has been shared 203,596 times. Although summers are warming, July and August are driving the overall warmth more. Scientists Predict Scorching Temperatures to Last Through Summer. It is now virtually certain that globally, 2020 will be one of the five hottest years on record, she said. It certainly was not as dry as 2016 during the height of the drought. Even within a city, research shows that temperatures on a hot summer day can vary as much as 20 degrees across different areas, with poor or minority neighborhoods often bearing the brunt of that heat. Boston’s Logan Airport — where records are kept — also was hot, but not in the top 10. No — it’s the continuation of a trend. “Not every month, not every year — but this will keep happening as long as we continue to emit carbon dioxide.”. July is the hottest month of all on a global average (even though it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere). (Boston did have eight days of 89 degrees) These spots had 23 and 27 90-degree days, respectively, and a full third of the summer was 89 degrees or hotter. In retrospect, the amount of moisture overall was less than average, but August brought some rain and even downpours and that meant it didn’t end up quite as dry as previous summers. 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The Northern and Central Plains could get some reprieve from the heat thanks to soil moisture, which remains particularly high and can offset the boiling weather. Looking at some details, there was a big difference in official 90 degree days from Boston and points north and west. Sitemap Do Not Sell My Personal Information. And those buildings and streets absorb more of the sun’s energy and radiate more heat than open spaces do. August itself was hot, but not exceedingly dry. If you are wondering about the fall, the National Weather Service has the entire country basically warmer than average. Trump praises organizer of NY rally against Gov. But the report noted that the spring didn’t bring as much rain as last year’s historic season, suggesting that this summer will still be warmer in comparison. That’s pretty amazing. NOAA now estimates there is about a 50 percent chance that 2020 will be a record breaker, down from about 75 percent a month ago. But scientists have offered several explanations. July 2019 was the hottest ever, with an average temperature that was 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit (about 1 degree Celsius) higher than the 20th century average for the month. Yes, the air will cool after dark, when the Earth’s surface is no longer absorbing sunlight and giving off heat as a result. Released on 22nd March 2020 this is GWV third summer 2020 … The few remaining vacant lots were gradually paved over to become parking lots. Boston had a hot August on the drier side of average, but not unusually so. The most recent figures are in line with a general warming trend: Each decade since the 1960s has been warmer than the one before, and the five hottest years occurred in the second half of the last decade. The five hottest Julys have occurred in the last five years, and nine of the 10 hottest have occurred since 2005. How does this summer fit into the most recent ones? During the day this layer can be a half-mile thick or more, but at night it becomes much thinner, about 500 feet or less.