The United States is expected to be the driest year in decades in the Southwest, the National Weather Service said Monday, and drought could affect the region’s economy.
The weather service’s prediction for the state of Arizona, with its nearly 2 million residents, and the nation’s fourth-largest desert region were both forecast to have a record low temperature of about 27 degrees Celsius.
In the state’s central and southern valleys, the maximum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius, the weather service said.
Temperatures in Phoenix, the state capital, will be 30 degrees below normal, and Tempe will have the nation, at least, its hottest year.
Tempe is about a quarter of the way through its driest summer on record, the city’s weather department said.
In California, conditions will be dry enough to make the Golden State’s Central Valley the drier on record.
The Central Valley is expected with the driEST winter ever, with temperatures falling to about 27C, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Temps will be as low as 24 degrees in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.