Lonely Planet Writer

Some like it hot! The USA is set to sizzle in a hotter than average summer

If you love the heat on holiday, consider heading stateside this summer.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are forecasting a hot-than-average summer this year.

New York set for a blistering summer.
New York set for a blistering summer. Image by Getty Images

Popular holiday destinations NYC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington DC are all predicted to bask in glorious summer days in the coming months.The country’s coastal regions, both on the east and west, will enjoy the hottest temperatures. In the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, the strongest heat will roll in during June, according to AccuWeather. Predictions of a hot summer will come as no surprise to New Yorkers, who were out in full force last week to soak up sun in over 32 degree heat. AccuWeather predicts that NYC, and other big cities in the northeast region, will regularly sizzle in similar temperatures in the coming months.

Palm trees in sunny Santa Barbara, California.
Palm trees in sunny Santa Barbara, California. Image by Jeff Turner / CC BY 2.0

No stranger to hot summers, California is expected to see temperatures half a degree hotter than average, although the NOAA suggests these are conservative estimates and there’s a 50-50 chance of hotter weather. AccuWeather predicts that Washington DC will enjoy 46 days where the temperatures will soar to at least 32 degrees, well above the city’s average of 31 for super-hot summer days. Even Alaska will be heating up, with temperatures in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands expected to be the highest above average for the whole country.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles  is set to see temperatures rise.   Image by Getty

Talking to USA Today,  Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist with the Weather Company said that “the scales are currently tipped toward warmer than average summers. The past six summers have been the hottest six-year stretch in the last 120 years, and this summer should continue the recent trend.” If you can’t stand the heat, get off the coast and head inland to where many central states – like Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming – will likely miss the heatwave this summer.