Summer DroughtMuch-needed cooler temperatures are predicted for the first part of August after a scorching July — last month over 20 western U.S. cities set records for their all-time hottest month. However, meteorologists are predicting the cooler air conditions will be short-lived in much of the country. Weather models are calling for higher-than-average August temps for most of the Plains, West and Northeast. Longer-term forecasts are predicting warmer fall weather as well. View heat and weather maps for the upcoming months.