July 3, 2012
BOSTON — So far in 2012 the average temperature in New England has made history ... it’s been among the warmest winters and springs on record. And it's hard to remember any cool day after a heat wave like the one that hit at the end of June.
But although we sweltered as June transitioned into July, June may go down in the books as a month of average or slightly below temperatures, Mike Rawlins of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst said: "The numbers that I'm seeing are 66.8 degrees, which is just about a degree less than the average. And that's probably largely due to those cooler-than-normal temperatures that we had at the beginning of the month," including a couple of days in the mid-50s.
As for the rest of the summer, everyone who's scheduled their vacation for the next two weeks could be in the pink. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate prediction center forecast for early to mid July puts New England "at an above-average probability for warmer-than-normal temperatures … and about average precipitation," Rawlins said.
Over the rest of the summer, most of the U.S. is projected to be hotter than average. But NOAA gives New England an "equal chance above-average or below-average temperatures," Rawlins said — meaning we might escape a scorcher.