Summertime will be another hot one, according to long-term forecasts from weather experts.
A three-month weather outlook for the Augusta area predicts above-normal temperatures through August, said Nyasha Dunkley, Georgia’s deputy state climatologist. Rainfall amounts will depend on the variability of tropical systems.
“What we really need is a good tropical system to move through and give us a good soaking,” she said. “The outlook is still calling for the drought to continue and/or intensify for the Augusta area.”
According to data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center, temperatures from February through April deviated about six to eight degrees from normal in the Augusta area. Temperatures this month have been near normal.
The most recent forecasts indicate that temperatures will be hotter than normal, with summertime highs in the low 90s, said Jeff Linton, of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C.
For the Memorial Day weekend, forecasters are keeping a close eye on a tropical system brewing off the coast of Florida near the Bahamas. The storm could hit the Georgia coast but will likely stay south of metro Augusta, Linton said.
Another low-pressure system could bring some precipitation to the area. A 20 percent chance of rain today increases to 40 percent Sunday before falling to 30 percent Monday, Linton said.
High temperatures will hit the lower 90s today and then stay in the 80s for Sunday and Monday, when clouds move into the forecast.