Summer climate outlook released; Could be hotter than usual in CSRA

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The Climate Prediction Center has just released their summer outlook and it calls for warmer than average temperatures for much of the United States, including here in Georgia-Carolina.

Summer 2016 temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center
Summer 2016 temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center

Their forecast for June, July and August, released Thursday, calls for a 40 to 50 percent change of temperatures being hotter than average in the Central Savannah River Area. In fact, a vast majority of the United States is anticipated to have a good chance of above average temperatures this summer. The outlook does not forecast how much above average temperatures may be.

When it comes to precipitation, the Climate Prediction Center says the signals aren’t so clear. Georgia and South Carolina are included in an “equal chances” category, meaning there’s an equal chance of above, below or near normal precipitation for the upcoming summer season.

During the summer of 2015 in Augusta, temperatures were a little warmer than average and precipitation was a little below average. According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center, the summer of 2015 was tied for the 7th warmest on record at Augusta Regional Airport.

Augusta ended up with just under 11 inches of rain during summer, which is a deficit of 2.61 inches.

 

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