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Forecaster: Much cooler weather may be coming in mid to late July

Charles City, Iowa – Forecasters say another hot week is ahead for Iowa, with high temperatures in the 80s and 90s along with high humidity, but cooler weather may be just ahead.

Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub, based in Ames, says the climate outlook calls for a shift away from the typical hot, muggy Iowa summer.

 

While many Iowans might welcome a less-steamy summer, it’s not such great news for farmers who struggled to plant crops this spring.

 

The forecast is driven by the existing El Nino weather pattern, as he says the cool, wet weather of spring often tends to carry over into summer during El Nino years.

 

Todey says the El Nino is expected to linger into late fall before fading away.

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