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Summer is just around the corner, and in Pennsylvania, that can bring a range of weather. So, what’s to expect from this summer’s forecast? The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center has released its report for what they predict across the U.S. for weather this summer, and it’s an interesting mix, including the Pennsylvania summer weather outlook.

The climate outlook is predicted for June through August. It shows that much of the lower 48 states and Alaska are expected to see a hotter than average summer, but what about our state? Read on for the scoop.

The NOAA outlook, which they released Thursday (May 25), shows the most likely areas to get above average temperatures are across the Southwestern U.S. In the areas of New Mexico and Arizona, there’s a 60% to 70% likelihood of a warmer than average summer. From Texas up through the New England area, there’s about a 50% to 60% chance of warmer than average temperatures. As for precipitation, a drier summer is predicted for the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest. That’s bad news for drought conditions, of course. Meanwhile, the mid-and-lower Mississippi, Ohio Valley and the East and Gulf Coasts are expected to get more precipitation this season. It’s worth mentioning that the NOAA’s seasonal outlook does not predict the chance of extreme heat events or wildfires.

Specifically, for the Pennsylvania summer weather outlook, the seasonal outlook map shows hotter temperatures. For the western part of the state, there’s a 33% to 40% chance of a hotter summer. For the eastern part, it’s a 40% to 50% chance. Then, around Philly, it actually jumps to a 50% to 60% chance of a hotter summer, much more than most areas of the U.S. So, get ready for a scorcher. What’s interesting is that no states are projected to get colder than normal temperatures, according to this report. Find the full report from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center here. It includes an interactive map, where you can play around with different areas of the country.

Whether it’s warmer or average temperatures this summer, one fun activity is always going to an amusement park. Here’s a list of some of the best amusement parks in America!

10 Best Amusement Parks in America

  • 10. Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Dollywood is a favorite that’s located in the Great Smokey Mountain area. Of course, it’s named after the one and only Dolly Parton. If you’re a country music fan, this is a must-see stop. Even if you aren’t a huge country music listener, it’s a great, traditional amusement park.

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  • 9. Kings Island, Mason, Ohio

    Kings Island Theme Park is a little bit off the radar, but it’s a great park. It’s known for not only its amusement park but also its fantastic water park. Kings Island features a range of coasters, Planet Snoopy for the kids and more.

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  • 8. Legoland, Carlsbad, California

    Legoland is simply legendary. Whoever had the idea to make an entire amusement park dedicated to Legos is a genius. The amusement park offers fun rides, live entertainment and more. You’ll find a Legoland Water Park, too.

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  • 7. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia

    Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of those parks that you just hear about a lot. I feel like I’ve been hearing about it since I was a little kid, but I’ve never been there. Busch Gardens is known for being extremely beautiful and scenic, which is rare for an amusement park.

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  • 6. Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, California

    Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, is another spot that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. When I was a kid, my family took me to California to see my aunt, and we went to not only Disneyland but also Knott’s Berry Farm. The amusement park has more than 165 rides, attractions and more. They also have fun holiday and Halloween events.

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  • 5. Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California (and in many other states)

    Six Flags Magic Mountain is another huge name when it comes to parks. The spot, located in Valencia, California, is known for its amazing coasters. What’s cool is that the park offers a mix of scary-type coasters for the big kids (and adults) and tame coasters for the kids (and wimpy adults, like me). Other Six Flags parks also belong here, too, as the chain has lots of locations across America.

  • 4: Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim, California

    If you want that Disney experience but live on the West Coast, then you’re much closer to Disney California Adventure Park, aka “Disneyland,” than you are to Disney World. I’ve actually been to both parks, since my aunt lives near Disneyland, and I went as a kid. The park is super fun for those of any age, and it really gives you that Disney movie experience, but in a park. The park has been updated over the years, but it’s more classic than Disney World.

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  • 3. Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania

    If you’re in the Pennsylvania area, then you absolutely have to go to Hersheypark. The park, which is owned by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, helps to keep Milton S. Hershey’s legacy alive. Not only do you get chocolate (yum!), but Hersheypark also offers roller coasters, water rides and more fun.

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  • 2. Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

    There is something simply classic about Walt Disney World. It should be every kid’s right of passage to go here. I’m fortunate that my parents took me to Disney World twice when I was little. I loved meeting my favorite princesses, but there is plenty to do for adults at the park, too.

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  • 1. Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

    Cedar Point is legendary in the Midwest. The park is considered the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World,” since it has so many fantastic coasters to ride. If you’re looking for major thrills, plus stuff to do for the family, Cedar Point is a great spot. Plus, it’s not as pricey as some of the major parks.

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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio. She started on the airwaves shortly after graduating from MSU. Anne has a passion for rock and metal, and she also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson! Anne covers the Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas markets and beyond.

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