It’s likely to be a sweltering summer for most of the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In a continuing trend of 2016 being a warmer-than-average year, this summer could be a scorcher for a majority of the U.S., NOAA says. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released its summer outlook last week, which predicts above-average temperatures for the next season.

Jon Gottschalck, a meteorologist with the Climate Prediction Center (CPC), told Live Science that the warmer temperatures are expected after El Niño, a climate cycle during which a band of warm water in the Pacific Ocean can impact global weather patterns. “Typically, when you have a transition from El Niño to La Niña, there’s generally warmer temperatures across much of the country, so that’s one of the primary drivers,” Gottschalck said. FULL REPORT