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Forecasters Predict Dry, Hot Fall

Drought to continue through next season

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    Federal weather forecasters said the drought will continue into the fall.

    Federal weather forecasters said the country can expect more of the same weather for this fall. And they urge coastal regions to be ready for a hurricane.

    The three-month weather prediction sees no relief from the record Southwest drought. It also predicts warmer than normal weather for a wide swath of the country from Maine to Arizona. Only the Southeast, Northwest and California will likely be spared. That's because forecasters a La Nina system to keep rain away.

    Climate Prediction Center operations chief Ed O'Lenic also said a high pressure system that has kept tropical storms away from the East has moved, making a U.S. hurricane strike more possible. The last hurricane to strike the U.S. was in 2008.