Climate Prediction Center predicts a warm, wetter-than-average summer in Southwest Virginia

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The first day of astronomical summer lands on June 20, 2020. After a rather mild winter, can we expect the warm weather to continue for the summer months?

For spring 2020, April and May were on the cool side. Average temperatures for both months were below-normal, and well above-average rainfall was recording across Southwest and Central Virginia for May. A few locations in the region shattered monthly rainfall total records for May.

According to the Climate Prediction Center’s precipitation and temperature outlooks, Southwest Virginia could expect a warm and humid summer with above-average rainfall for the season.

Forecasts for the Climate Prediction Center are implying that upper-level “ridging” will occur along the west and east coasts of the United States for the summer months. A ridge pattern over our region would result in southwest flow aloft, meaning warmer air would filter into the area. This is why warmer than average temperatures are possible in Southwest and Central Virginia for the summer.

However, not only would the southwest flow bring in warmer air, but it could also pull in more moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This moisture would result in warm, humid air. This would also set up the region for a wetter-than-average summer.

Keep in mind, these outlooks look at the next three months as a whole. Outlooks do not show the forecast for specific days during the season. The WFXR Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to bring you up-to-date weather information and forecasts on our Pinpoint Weather page.

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