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AccuWeather calls for hot summer across much of US

Withthe exception of the southern Plains, all other regions of the United Statesshould experience a very hot summer this year, AccuWeather.com said in a May 4outlook.

Majorcities in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic are likely to see the mercury riserapidly in June, with temperatures even topping 90 degrees on several occasionsover the coming three months. However, the month of July should prove to bemilder as a whole in these regions.

"Julyis a tricky month where there may be a few cooldowns from thunderstorms andback door fronts, but other than that I think June, July and August, you'll seeyour series of heat waves," Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather expert long-rangeforecaster, said.

Hotweather will also present itself in the Midwest and north-central regions ofthe U.S. in the coming months. The only region of the country that shouldexperience normal to below-average temperatures this summer is the southernPlains.

Theeffects of the dissipating El Niño conditions will keep a lid on thedevelopment of tropical storm activity in the Gulf Coast during the early partof the upcoming hurricane season, which kicks off in June and runs through theend of November.

"Witha trend toward a La Niña pattern, along with warming waters and less wind shearover the Gulf of Mexico, this can lead to impacts anywhere on the Gulf Coastand including the east coast of Florida," Pastelok said.

Atthe end of April, the Weather Company saidthat, excluding parts of the Southwest, Texas and western Gulf states,warmer-than-usual temperatures are likely in most regions of the country fromMay through July.

Asthe summer progresses, a rapid trend towards La Niña conditions is likely, witha generally hot summer expected, especially across the northern U.S. TheWeather Company is calling for the hottest summer since 2012.

Duringthe month of May and June, warmer-than-normal conditions are anticipated for a largeportion of the country, with the exception of much of the Southeast, theSouth-Central U.S. and New Mexico. In July, warmer-than-usualweather is expected in nearly all regions of the country, withcooler-than-normal conditions eyed for southern Texas, as well as southernArizona and New Mexico.