New England, much of the southern U.S. and coastal Alaska will probably have warmer-than-normal temperatures through the next three months, according to the national Climate Prediction Center.
Stockpiles of the biggest crops will decline for a third year as drought parches fields across three continents, raising food-import costs already forecast by the United Nations to reach a near-record $1.24 trillion.
Following is the text of the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook as released by the National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Maryland:
The last two weeks of October may see temperatures in the eastern U.S. drop to below normal, forecasters said.
The southern U.S. will probably be warmer than normal from June to August while the West may have major outbreaks of wildfires, government forecasters said.
Forecasters around the world are watching the Pacific Ocean for signs of a cooling cycle that could heat up the Atlantic hurricane season, affecting energy and commodities markets.