People play beachside games, Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Seaside Heights, N.J. Casino Pier. The National Weather Service is predicting a warmer than normal summer. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez/AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Here comes another hotter than normal summer
May 30, 2017
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Forecasters are predicting another warmer than normal summer. At least for most of the country, they say.
We can expect wetter weather, too, in a swath of states. These stretch from Texas to Montana.
The National Weather Service's summer outlook predicts greater chances for hot weather in Alaska and pretty much everywhere else. The exceptions are Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas. It also includes Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Kansas and parts of Missouri and Colorado may be exceptions as well.
Forecaster Stephen Baxter said it may not be as hot as recent summers. That is because rain-soaked soil from a wet spring may keep the heat down. Baxter forecasts a wetter than normal summer for Alaska and parts of the already soggy Great Plains.
Meteorologists also said April was the second warmest April on record globally.
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