Summer Forecast Predicts Greater Heat and Drought

MAY 26, 2004 - Posted at 6:07 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -  For much of the country, the summer will be hotter.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts above-normal temperatures for much of the West, the Southwest, the Rocky Mountain States, the southern Alaskan coast, the Southeast, the Ohio Valley, and the Northeast.

Government scientists also expect drier-than-usual weather in the Pacific Northwest.  That could mean drought in parts of Washington and Oregon.  There's also high potential for drought in Oklahoma and North Texas.

But in the Upper Midwest and Southeast, the drought is expected to improve.

Long-term drought is affecting every western state and many areas in the High Plains.

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