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Continued hot and dry conditions for most of the next month expected

The latest medium and long-range forecasts for the weather over the Southeast show that much hotter than normal weather and a near-total lack of rain are likely for most of the next month, particularly if you are away from the coast.  Now, it won’t be continuously very hot and dry–we do expect at least some temporary cool-downs, and of course we are moving towards winter so temperatures will eventually come down, but with no moisture in the soil, all of the sun’s energy will go towards heating, especially during the day. And this is normally the driest time of year, so it would be unlikely to see a lot of rain anyway. While the tropics are relatively active, the strong ridge of high pressure is keeping any storms from bringing moisture relief into the region, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.