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2019 Spring Weather Forecast: When Will It Warm Up?

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2019 Spring Weather Forecast: When Will It Warm Up?

We will greet the spring season on March 20, 2019, at precisely 5:58 p.m. EDT, with the arrival of the Vernal Equinox—at least according to astronomy, if not meteorology. But the question on everyone’s mind is: when will it actually feel like spring? With winter more than half over, we’re in the home stretch, right? Not so fast. Here’s what the 2019 Farmers’ Almanac is predicting, based on its long-range weather formula.

2019 Spring Weather Forecast

Spring will once again take its sweet time arriving. When the Groundhog predicted an early spring earlier this month, we had a good chuckle because we (and those who follow us) know that winter will be sticking around for quite a while. In fact, cool to cold temperatures will hang on through April, especially in the Northeast & New England, Great Lakes & Midwest, as well as the north and south central states. This will be especially true in the Northeast, where a potent mid-April storm could even lead to wet snow, especially over higher elevations.

Easter is late this year—April 21st. Will the weather impact your Easter Sunday plans? Check the forecast for your zone here. spring weather - a person walking down the street with an umbrella in a blizzard

Even May looks on the cool side. An active storm track may lead to widespread severe conditions during the middle of the month. Severe weather could rake the Southeast in early April.

Warmer weather will prevail out West, although initially, it will seem somewhat reluctant to move eastward. A very wet and stormy spring is on tap for the south-central states.

Farmers' Almanac 2019 Spring Weather Outlook map

2019 Spring Weather Forecast Map


As far as tropical cyclones are concerned, it appears that the southeast U.S. will be exclusively in the crosshairs. Officially, hurricane season does not get underway until June 1st, but a tropical disturbance could threaten in the mid-to-latter part of May. A tropical storm could threaten in mid-June and then following a lull in July and August, a hurricane threat could evolve in mid-September and mid-October. The peak of hurricane season is traditionally September 10th.

Get day-by-day predictions for your Zone here.

What About Gardening?

If you’re itching to start your spring garden, don’t forget to check our Average Frost Dates so you know when the traditional threat of frost has passed before planting your seedlings.

  • Starting seeds: If you haven’t started your seedlings, here are some helpful tips to get started!
  • Need a spring gardening checklist? Here’s a helpful guide.
  • Don’t have a lot of room, or don’t have a backyard to garden? Try container gardeningIt’s easy to get started!
  • Ever wonder why we Garden By the Moon? We explain.
  • See which gardening tasks are best done today from the Farmers’ Almanac Best Days Gardening Calendar.

spring weather - a shovel digging into the garden

See the Canadian 2019 Spring Weather Forecast here!

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1 gsashley { 06.12.19 at 9:13 am }

Hi Susan! Thank you – we appreciate you keeping on eye on all of us! The number of confirmed tornados went up to 15, injuries up in the hundreds and damaged or destroyed homes and businesses up in the thousands now, and it’ll take years for recovery, but we are not alone… so much horrific flooding… Ohio is praying for all of you!

2 Susan Higgins { 05.30.19 at 10:06 am }

Hi gsashley, thanks for your note. We are keeping all our friends in the midwest (and those where storms have been severe) in our thoughts in the wake of these horrific storms. Stay safe!

3 gsashley { 05.29.19 at 9:28 am }

It’s somewhat past the middle of May, but as most of you know by now that Ohio got hit with tremendously severe weather Monday night (Memorial Day), as the Almanac predicted. The Dayton Area (Montgomery, Mercer & Greene Counties) had an outbreak of 5 confirmed tornadoes (more unconfirmed) between around 9pm and 1am, with devastating results. One death; over 130 hospital treated injuries; hundreds of homes, restaurants and other businesses seriously damaged or destroyed; thousands of trees damaged or ripped out of the ground; and still hundreds of thousands without power and water.

Ohio has also been very cool and had lots of rain this spring! We’ve had a hard time getting our garden started and very few farmers have gotten their fields planted. So, the FA was on the money again…

4 Quincy { 05.28.19 at 7:50 pm }

It’s the end of May here in Michigan and I think we’ve had only a couple 70 degree days. Where’s global warming when you need it?

5 Donnalda { 05.28.19 at 3:32 pm }

Here in the Southern California desert we have had the coolest May in years! Almost freaky.

6 Lorena { 05.23.19 at 12:06 pm }

May 23, freezing temps in the Heart of Arizona

7 Blackdiamond { 04.18.19 at 5:54 pm }

I’m in Northeast Ms and it’s raining cats and dogs here lol were having a mixture of sun cold and rain I’m bout to go crazy waiting for the 80’s & 90’s

8 Susan Higgins { 03.28.19 at 12:16 pm }

Well, in all fairness Neftaly J. Gonzalez, the groundhog said spring would come EARLY. Now that it’s officially spring, all bets are off! It’s still chilly up here in Maine; down in the teens at night.

9 Neftaly J Gonzalez { 03.27.19 at 11:03 am }

Seems like the groubdhog was right this time guys….looking pretty warm leading up to April, High 50s and low 60s at least out here by New York and Jersey

10 Susan Higgins { 03.28.19 at 12:17 pm }

hahahah “car jail.” That’s a good one!

11 Benjamin d Lampson { 03.26.19 at 3:42 pm }

Well…. It appears my Trans Am and Corvette will stay in car jail a little longer!

12 bwatson85.bw { 03.19.19 at 10:45 am }

When to plant outside

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