US Forecast: Hot, Dry Weather to Linger Into Fall
The unusually hot dry weather that has gripped the nation will not let up its stranglehold over the next few months, federal weather forecasters said Thursday.
And that means the heartland’s “flash drought” will linger at least until around Halloween and even spread a bit farther north and east.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s outlook for August through October shows that nearly every state likely will have hotter than normal temperatures. Much of the Midwest is likely to be drier than normal, too.
“It certainly is grim news for us in Illinois and other parts of the Midwest,” said Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel. “I kind of have given up hope for short-term relief.”
New figures released Thursday show that the percentage of the country now suffering from drought edged up from nearly 51 percent last week to more than 53 percent this week; the chunk of the country experiencing severe drought or worse rose in one week from 31 percent to 35 percent. Experts call it a flash drought because it developed in a matter of months, not multiple seasons.