The Climate Prediction Center has released it’s latest summer outlook, and a warm summer may be ahead for Alaska. According to the outlook, the months of June, July, and August have a 40 percent chance of seeing warmer than normal temperatures for the majority of Alaska, with a 33 percent chance of warmer than normal temperatures on the North Slope. This outlook comes after the warmest year on record was recorded statewide in 2016.
The trend in Alaska follows closely with much of the Lower 48, which is also favored to have a warmer than normal summer. The gulf coast, eastern seaboard, New England, and the desert southwest all have a significant chance of seeing hotter weather this summer. The only place in the Lower 48 not forecast to see warmer weather is the Great Plains, which has equal chances of a cooler or a warmer than normal summer.
As for precipitation, interior and southcentral Alaska have a 33 to 40 percent chance of seeing above average precipitation chances during the summer months.