Experts are projecting an updated forecast that calls for 20 named storms, including nine hurricanes and four of those Category 3 or above.
“We have increased our forecast slightly and continue to forecast an above-average 2021 Atlantic basin hurricane season,” A report says. Current neutral ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation) conditions are anticipated to persist for the next several months. Sea surface temperatures averaged across most of the tropical Atlantic are now near to slightly above normal, and most of the subtropical North Atlantic remains warmer than normal.”
This comes after 2020 was a record-breaking hurricane season, bringing 30 named storms, the most ever in the Atlantic.