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Memorial Day Weather Forecast (2020): Warm Up or Wash Out?

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Summer may not officially begin until June 20, 2020, with the arrival of the Summer Solstice, but almost everyone in the U.S. considers Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, the unofficial start to summer.

In Canada, Memorial Day is celebrated with Canada Day on July 1st each year (in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador), and Remembrance Day on November 11th. Victoria Day (May 18, 2020) is Canada’s unofficial start to summer.

While many Memorial Day celebrations have been scaled back this year due to the pandemic, and the activities you and your family do may look very different, you’ll still need to know the weather! So, what will Memorial Day weather be like?

Read: Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Memorial Day Weekend Weather Forecast

Here’s what the Farmers’ Almanac’s long-range weather predictions are calling for the Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25, 2020:

Zone 1 – Northeast and New England

New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington D.C.

Fair and pleasant, then turning very breezy with showers.

Zone 2 – Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin

Fair, then unsettled weather spreads into Ohio Valley for Memorial Day.

Zone 3 – Southeast

Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida

Clearing skies for the start of the weekend, then heavy rains through Memorial Day.

Zone 4 – North Central

Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana

Pleasant weather for the weekend, then unsettled weather moves into Colorado and points east for Memorial Day.

Zone 5 – South Central

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico

Clearing skies followed by heavy rains for Texas and Louisiana.

Zone 6 – Northwest

Washington, Oregon, Idaho

Pleasant weekend, but turning unsettled by Memorial Day.

Zone 7 – Southwest

California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona

Clearing skies for the weekend, then unsettled weather develops from the West Coast and points east, through Utah; skies look threatening over the rest of the southwest for Memorial Day.

We hope that everyone has a safe and pleasant holiday weekend, whatever the weather brings!

See the long-range weather forecast for your zone for the whole summer here!

Teaching Kids the Meaning of Memorial Day

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