The latest long range weather forecast for Illinois shows a transition from El Nino…..to La Nina. The El Nino that effects weather patterns across the country should be phasing out and replaced by La Nina, which is expected to develop during the summer. La Nina is the opposite of El Nino and occurs when Pacific waters are colder than normal. State Climatologist Jim Angel explains what this means for next month’s forecast.
For the rest of summer, there’s no major risk of being too wet or too dry, but there is a chance of higher than normal temperatures. Angel says it’s unusual for hot temperatures to be accompanied by very dry weather.