While people in areas typically affected by wildfires, hurricanes, and tropical storms may believe they are finally in the clear due to the lack of activity predicted in the forecast for the next five days, experts believe it’s only a matter of time before bad weather returns.

USA Today reported that 23 names were given to the storms in 2020, two of which were named using the Greek letters Alpha and Beta after the season list of 21 regular names was exhausted.

Despite the calm forecast, experts don’t believe the hurricane season for areas in the Atlantic Basin like the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico is over just yet.

“Given the extremely warm Caribbean and the push toward La Niña conditions, I do expect the rest of the season to be quite active,”  Phil Klotzbach, a Colorado State University meteorologist. told the Capital Weather Gang.

Experts suspect the Midwest could be hit by Arctic air as early as the middle of the week. While areas in the eastern, central, and southern US can also expect to experience freezing temperatures, those on the west coast are predicted to receive scorching temperatures. 

The warmer weather and dry air mean the threat of wildfires will greatly increase.

“For many in the West the heatwave that will build next week will only add to what’s already been an arduous wildfire season fraught with widespread drought,” AccuWeather meteorologist Jake Sojda said.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season doesn’t end until November 30th, which means there is still about a 28% average of activity left for the season. While those in the area should enjoy the calm before the storm, the should also prepare for what’s next.

Hurricane Sally, seen off the Gulf of Mexico on September 14, 2020, at 1510 GMT Hurricane Sally, seen off the Gulf of Mexico on September 14, 2020, at 1510 GMT Photo: RAMMB/NOAA/NESDIS / Handout