The recent heat that has blanketed much of the United States is not going anywhere in a hurry.
Forecasters expect October to start with warmer-than-normal temperatures for most of the country, and those above-season temperatures could persist until the second week of the month.
The end of September saw a hot flash for most people east of the Rockies, with temperatures as high as 100 ° F in North Dakota and peaks in the 1980s in the heart of the Canadian Prairies.
This ridge formation is expected to persist for the first two weeks of October. Higher level ridges promote descent of air, which heats up and dries out as it descends.
Similar peaks in midsummer can lead to brutally warm high and low temperatures, which we have seen in abundance in the western United States in recent months. However, since it’s fall, those temperatures won’t be particularly horrible – they’ll just be unusually warm for this time of year.
The Climate Prediction CenterThe latest 6-10 day outlook from India calls for a decent chance of above normal temperatures over the northern plains, with the probabilities of above normal temperatures extending on each coast.
Forecasters expect the warm trend to push a bit further east towards the middle of the month, as most people east of the Rockies may experience above-average temperatures.
Dry conditions below the ridge will lead to a decent chance of drier than normal conditions in the center of the country, according to CPC forecasts.
The first half of October could see above average precipitation in the southeast and central Atlantic, as well as parts of the western United States that are in desperate need of measurable precipitation.