Grab your sunglasses, Lexingtonians — summer starts today, Tues. June 21. The season signals the promise of warmer days + the ever-frequent afternoon showers, so to keep you and your wardrobe prepared, we’ve put together some of the major weather trends headed our way over the next few months.
Here’s what you can expect this summer in the Bluegrass and beyond, based on predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.
Think warm. Expect to see warmer-than-normal temperatures across much of the US, with the exception of the Midwest.
The predicted continuation of La Niña conditions plays a large role in the expected hotter-than-average June-August for the US, especially in the West.
In Lexington, temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s-low 90s through at least July. There’s a 33-40% chance of temps being above normal. Usually, Lexington averages highs of 83° in June, 86° in July, and 85° in August.
Keep your umbrella nearby. There’s a 33-40% chance that rain will trend below normal through July. Usually, Lexington averages 5” of rain in June, 5.1” in July, and 3.7” in August.
If you’re interested in soaking up some extra sun, try these local events:
Longest Day of Play | Tues., June 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Legacy Grove Park, 1107 W. Lexington Ave., Winchester | Free | Hang out under the sun and partake in a summer solstice drum circle. Drums will be provided and experienced drummers will be on sight to set the beat. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
Brass Impact | Tues., June 21 | 7 p.m. | Moondance Amphitheater, 1152 Monarch St. | Free | Enjoy a night of Big Band + Jazz at this free summer concert series. 🎶
Summer Solstice Super Jam | Tues., June 21 | 7 p.m. | Al’s Bar, 601 N. Limestone | $5 | This outdoor concert will feature three different bands playing shoegaze rock to celebrate the solstice.
Savor the Light | Tues., June 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Yoga with Romi, 620 Euclid Ave. | $25 | This therapeutic yoga session will celebrate the power of light + honor the harmony between humans and nature.