It’s a new month (June!) and the start of a new meteorological season: summer! And my oh my, Mother Nature is hopping right into the summer heat this week.
Meteorologists separate seasons into three-month time frames based on average temperatures. This means meteorological summer begins today, June 1st, and lasts through August. In Omaha, we see our average highs warming from the upper 70s and low 80s at the beginning of June into the upper 80s by the middle of July. Then, we see the start of the slow “cool down” from the upper 80s into the low 80s by the end of August.
Our average numbers for June in Omaha show a warm and usually rainy month. In fact, June is normally the second rainiest month for us with May being the rainiest. Omaha averages 4.18 inches of rain measured at Eppley during the month. Our average low temperature is 61 degrees with an average high during the month of 83 degrees.
This year, June is starting with afternoon highs well above our average! We’ll be in the mid to upper 80s and even low 90s for the week. Omaha finally hit 90° for the first time in 2020 on June 1st.
As far as the rest of the month, the Climate Prediction Center shows it will most likely be a hot month with temperatures across much of the US warmer than average, but especially in the central part of the country.
For precipitation, the CPC shows parts of the central US will likely experience some drier than average conditions. Wetter than average conditions will likely exist in the Pacific Northwest and across parts of the South.