Now that meteorological summer has arrived, it ought to feel like it. Mother Nature has responded and will deliver near to above average temperatures to the large majority of the United States through at least this week. The northeastern U.S. will experience a cool start to the week before warming up by the weekend while the West Coast remains cool during the foreseeable future due to the June gloom.

Numerous record high temperatures were broken across the nation on Monday, especially in the Southern Plains, and more may be broken on Tuesday, specially in southern Texas and the Front Range of Colorado. This and surrounding areas are where temperatures will soar into the mid to upper 90s to perhaps the low 100s. The warmest of temperatures relative to average will be located in the Northern Plains. Temperatures in this region will be up to 30 degrees above normal while it’s generally 5 to 15 degrees above average across the intermountain West, Southwest, and Mid-Misssiippi River Valley. There will be a sharp temperature gradient across the Upper Midwest. While southwestern Minnesota feels temperatures of about 15 degrees above average, it will be the opposite of that in Michigan.

Warmer air will begin to infiltrate the western Great Lakes region on Wednesday as well as into the Southeast. Highs for a large majority of the U.S. will be at levels of 5 to 15 degrees above average. Under the axis of the ridge of high pressure, temperatures will be 10 to 20-plus degrees above average across the Plains and the Rocky Mountains, however. High temperatures in the 80s, 90s, and 100s will be commonplace.

By Thursday, it will be difficult to find temperatures below the typical high temperature for this time of the year. They will still be possible along the East and West Coasts, however. Otherwise, above average temperatures of up to 25 degrees above average will be the story. The warmest of temperatures compared to average will be located on the leeward side of the Rocky Mountains thanks to the suppression of air coming from the west. Numerous record highs are forecast to be broken in New Mexico and Texas as the thermometer reads over 100 degrees.

Friday will be a fairly similar day, although only a location or two may break their daily record high temperature. Nonetheless, it will still be hot with highs of 5 to 15 degrees above average nationwide and up to 25 degrees above normal in the Plains. Most locations can plan to record a high temperature into the 80s or 90s.

The weekend will feature a temperature profile fairly similar as the end of the work week with the warmest of conditions in the nation’s midsection. The above average temperatures are forecast to erode on Sunday across parts of the Western U.S., however, but it will still feel nice and comfortable in the great outdoors.


Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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