Hotter than average summer ahead for much of the US

New Mexico and Arizona in particular have the highest probability of seeing above-average temperatures this summer.
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Posted at 3:02 PM, May 22, 2023

It’s time to stock up on sunscreen.  

A long, hot summer is in store for much of the U.S., according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. 

The CPC's climate outlook for June through August shows a large portion of the lower 48 states and Alaska will experience a hotter-than-average summer.

National Weather Service

With a 60% to 70% chance, most of New Mexico and parts of Arizona have the highest probability of experiencing above-average temperatures. 

The Midwest seems most likely to experience temperatures that are consistent with previous summers. 

The climate outlook does not show any of the 50 states trending toward temperatures that would be considered below average for the summer. 

This news follows a warning from the United Nations that there's a 66% probability the global temperature will hit a key warming limit in the next five years.Climate change has continued to push up temps worldwide.

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