Steamy Summer Ahead With Severe Weather Threats: See Illinois Forecast

ILLINOIS – The warm weather has certainly taken its time in reaching Illinois this year, but forecasters are predicting a summer of heat this summer around the state, along with the threat of several bouts of severe storms throughout the coming months.

Residents of the greater Chicago area along with the rest of the state can expect anywhere from 18-24 days with temperatures reaching at least 90 degrees this summer, according to AccuWeather’s 2022 summer forecast that was released on Wednesday.

Forecasters predict that Illinois and the rest of the Midwest are in for a higher amount of severe weather this summer. The steamy summer ahead of Chicago registered 22 days when temperatures reached at least 90 degrees, AccuWeather forecasters said.

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The normal reading for 90-degree days for Chicago is typically 16 per summer, but forecasters predict that the region could see even more sweat-inducing days than a year ago. Officials with the weather service said that the daytime temperatures may seem normal, the overnight conditions will be warmer than normal.

While Chicago and Washington, DC, which is expected to see anywhere from 32- 46 days with readings at least at 90 degrees this summer.

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Though the season for trips to the beach, vacations, and other outdoor fun doesn’t officially begin until the summer solstice on June 21, meteorological summer starts on June 1. Summer-like temperatures have already arrived in Southern California, while people in the northern Plains are still shivering under persistent blasts of arctic air and blizzard conditions, AccuWeather said.

According to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Pastelok. Whether you’re living in a specific area or planning a vacation, here’s what you need to know about summer 2022:

Rain, Tornadoes, Derechos

People living in the Northeast and Midwest can expect a wet spring to continue into summer. That could disrupt some summer activities. But look at it this way: You won’t have to water the lawn as much, Pastelok said. On the other hand, “you’re going to probably cut the lawn often,” and finding a window to do that may be difficult.

More moisture could mean more severe storms, including damaging tornadoes, in the Northeast through midsummer and in the Midwest in June and July.

Meteorologists are concerned about some weather pattern similarities to 2012, a summer that produced a derecho that ripped across the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic. A derecho is usually the inland hurricane with a destructive winds of at least 58 mph that spans at least 240 miles.

This year, the areas at the highest risk of derecho are the Midwest, Ohio Valley, and parts of the mid-Atlantic.

‘Not A Great Beach Summer’

People planning vacations to the Southeast and Atlantic coast should not bank on a beach day every day. “You’re still going to get a hot day here and there, and I think it’s going to be decent but not a great summer beach,” Pastelok said.

Also, the early tropical storm system could cause problems in the central Gulf Coast, including most of Florida and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the forecast says. The hurricane season is expected to ramp up in late summer and early fall.

Drought Relief?

Drought conditions are persistent from Texas to Montana, with most of the High Plains experiencing severe to severe drought, according to the US Drought Monitor.

That’s expected to change, but not for the better.

“The High Plains is going to end up being drier and drier and drier as we go into the first part of the summer season,” Pastelok said. “So, I don’t see any relief coming that way from any big [thunderstorm] complexes developing. “

Over the Rocky Mountains and Four Corners areas of southwest Colorado, southeast Utah, northeast Arizona, and northwest New Mexico.

That could disrupt outdoor plans across the interior West, including trips to landmarks such as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Zion and Arches national parks in Utah, and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.

And with the monsoon season comes the increased risk of lightning strikes, which could ignite fires and the risk of mudslides. “So it’s not all good news, but it is good news as far as water goes,” Pastelok said.

Another Active Fire Season

Temperatures will be 6 and 8 degrees cooler than those experienced last year from Seattle to Salt Lake City in early summer, but the cool and periodically rainy season won’t last long, AccuWeather writes. Along with the rest of the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest will see warm, dry conditions by midsummer, according to AccuWeather.

While the monsoon season will bring some temporary relief, the Southwest will continue to deplete reservoirs and could lead to water restrictions and hydroelectric power disruptions.

Due to the drought, the Southern California wildfire season could pick up in June and become more widespread in the western US through July and August.

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