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Sub Average Temperatures Expected in August

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After a cool and even wet weekend in some cases, the last thing a lot of us want to hear is that the cool weather will hang around. Those looking for some heat may just want to head south as below average temperatures look more likely heading through the first half of August. Record lows like we saw over the weekend are not expected as it takes near perfect conditions to get to those low numbers, which don't come around very often. But a trough continues to sit in the eastern part of North America which leads to cooler conditions as colder air is allowed to dip southward out of parts of Canada. Here is the forecast for the jet stream for this Thursday and then again for next Wednesday.

The jet stream is that river of air at the top levels of the atmosphere that separates cooler air to the north from warmer air to the south. As this forecast shows, it continues to dip into the eastern U.S. through this week and will actually be traversing through the entire country as we head into next week leading to those cooler temperatures. These forecast graphics are reinforced by the Climate Predictions Center's (CPC) forecast for the next couple of weeks. The following images show the heightened probability of experiencing above, below, or normal temperatures across much of the country. The first picture is for the 6 to 10 day forecast which would be Friday through the weekend. The second graphic is the 8 to 14 day forecast which shows expected temperatures through next week.

Both of these forecasts show higher probabilities of experiencing below average temperatures not only across the Upper Midwest, but in the 8 to 14 day period, shows below average temperatures across the eastern three quarters of the country. Remember that these are just forecasts showing the probabilities of different temperatures so this is not a guarantee. Not to mention, these forecasts are just a sum of the temperatures through the forecast days meaning that some of the days might be above average but if you average all of the temps, they will be below average. Despite the dismal news for some, I am looking forward to not having to deal with any heat waves the next couple of weeks.

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