Don’t get too excited for your pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters just yet.
According to The Weather Channel, the upcoming fall season is expected to be much hotter than usual. Beginning in September, the East Coast, South, and Midwest are predicted to experience higher-than-average temperatures through November. Meteorologists say the change in weather for all areas except the Northwest are due to unusual weather patterns.
It’ll be a change-up in the early stages of fall, with Southern states like Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama experiencing a cooler-than-usual September, while the rest of the country can expect higher-than-average temperatures. But, like your pumpkin spice latte, it won’t last long.
The southern states will eventually succumb to the heat wave and experience an increase in temperatures moving into October — so you can likely leave your jacket home while pumpkin picking.
“You can see that across the entire United States, including Alaska, there is more of a chance that temperatures will be above normal,” Dan Collins, a meteorologist with the NOAA Climate Prediction Center-Operational Predication Branch, told Live Science.
By Halloween, the warmer temperatures will likely reach across to the Midwest, Central Plains, Southwest, and part of the Northeast. It probably won’t get significantly colder with November’s arrival either. During a month that averages a daytime temperature of 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit, the entire South and Southwest will probably experience much hotter weather, with the Northeast and Midwest seeing temperatures slightly above average.
So while you might not be asking for hot cocoa this fall, it looks like your summer tans will be extended for longer!
Iced pumpkin latte, anyone?