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Hot summer likely here, forecasters say

Long-range forecasters have a new prediction for this summer, just out this week. It's HOT.

The forecast for the June through August period says the probabilities point toward above-average temperatures for the northeastern United States. The same holds for the Western states and for Southern Florida. The map's below. Until recently, the forecast showed no clear trends on temperatures for our region. Now it does.

The same forecasters found no clear trends, however, on precipitation for the summer in these parts. The only strong trends seem to be in the Northwest states, which face dry conditions for the summer.

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