The July weather outlook from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center suggests a large portion of the U.S. could have cooler-than-average temperatures and higher-than-average rainfall.
To go with that, the center does not forecast any drought development in the bulk of the U.S. for July and possibly beyond. However, the West Coast and California in particular appear to remain in drought weather and conditions.
The weather center says the wetter, cooler July forecast is "heavily influenced" by the precipitation forecast for the first few days of the month, however. Those forecasts especially suggest good opportunities for wet conditions from the Tennessee Valley to parts of the northeast.
Short-term forecasts favor above-average rainfall throughout much of the West, except for the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. These newer models imply a slight westward expansion of the area favoring above-average precipitation amounts into western Nevada.
An expected dry start to the month increases chances for below-average monthly precipitation totals in parts of the Pacific Northwest.
The chances for below-average precipitation appear somewhat higher for parts of eastern Texas than they did on the outlook issued a few weeks ago. In extreme southern parts of Texas, however, some precipitation is expected early in July.
The three-month outlook also suggests reasonable chances for better-than-normal precipitation and cooler temperatures through the nation's midsection, but not across as big an area as the weather service predicts such conditions for early July. Forecasters also suggest below-normal rainfall across much of the Southeast through the summer.