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AccuWeather issues summer outlook: WNY expected to be warmer, stormier than average

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AccuWeather has unveiled its long-term forecast for the summer of 2024, predicting hotter than usual temperatures and a record-breaking hurricane season. Starting June 20, temperatures are expected to rise 2 to 4 degrees above historical averages across much of the United States, with significant heat waves anticipated in the Northeast, including New York.

In addition to the heat, the Northeast may experience some relief with heavy rains in early summer. However, drier conditions in August could lead to some of the season’s highest temperatures. New York City is set to experience a significant increase in 90-degree days compared to last year, doubling the count from 12 days in 2023.

Meteorologists also forecast a vigorous hurricane season, with the Gulf Coast particularly at risk. AccuWeather predicts 20 to 25 named storms, including eight to 12 hurricanes, which exceeds the 30-year average. This “super-charged” hurricane activity is attributed to the overall warmer temperatures, enhancing the severity and frequency of storms.