Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Sizzling SouthCoast Summer
It's hard to think about the summer months when most of Southern New England is still cold and rainy these days, but the folks at The Old Farmer's Almanac are always thinking a few seasons ahead and have already released their thoughts about our SouthCoast summer.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the 2022 summer was one of the three hottest on record over the last 128 years.
This summer could be hotter.
Yep, Farmer's Almanac predictions say summer 2023 is going to be another scorcher with lots of triple-digit temperature days. They also say the Northeast will have another very dry summer, which could lead to a repeat of last year's significant drought.
NOAA backs up the almanac on this one. In its spring outlook released this week, the agency said Massachusetts is likely to experience warmer-than-normal temperatures in April, May and June.
Farmers in New England may want to start saving all the rainwater we're getting now if the summer turns out as hot and dry as long range forecasters seem to think. Last summer was brutal for plants and animals around the SouthCoast and many water restrictions were put into place across the region.
Of course, no one can really say what the future holds (and for what it's worth, NOAA is predicting above-average precipitation over the next few months in the Northeast), but The Farmer's Almanac has quite the history of accuracy.
It has a "proprietary formula" for its forecasts that relies on many factors, including the moon. This is how it's breaking down summer 2023 in the Northeast.
June 20-23, the Summer Solstice, will be packed with thunderstorms, starting a new season with humidity.
July 4 is expected to be sweltering and much of the month will see temperatures soar.
August, however, is the month the almanac says to find a cool, dark place to hide because triple-digit temperatures could be the norm.
All of this means high forest fire potential for much of New England all summer, too.
Plan a seaside vacation, people, because summer could be coming in hot.