Summer may not officially begin until June 21st, but everyone in the U.S. knows the unofficial start to the season is Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May; this year it falls on May 29th. We observe this day to remember and honor the men and women who have given their lives in military service. Many celebrate with parades and other outdoor activities. Will Mother Nature turn up the heat a little? Whether you’ve got a cookout, parade, camping trip, or other outdoor event planned, be sure to read our long-range forecast first to find out what’s in store for your long holiday weekend.
Here’s what the Farmers’ Almanac’s long-range weather predictions are calling for during this three-day weekend, from May 26 – 29th:
Zone 1 – Northeast and New England
Includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington D.C.
Squally for New England followed by mostly fair skies for Memorial Day.
Zone 2 – Great Lakes, Ohio Valle & Midwest
Includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin
Fair skies followed by increasing clouds; dry conditions for Memorial Day (a dry track for the Indy 500!)
Zone 3 – Southeast
Includes Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida
Clear and and cool conditions; mostly fair for Memorial Day.
Zone 4 – North Central
Includes Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana
An unseasonably chilly start to the weekend, followed by fair weather for Memorial Day.
Zone 5 – South Central
Includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico
Clearing and cool temperatures for the start of the weekend, followed by mostly fair conditions for Memorial Day.
Zone 6 – Northwest
Includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho
Clear skies, but quite cool, then things turn a bit unsettled for Memorial Day.
Zone 7 – Southwest
Includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona
Chilly temperatures but fair skies.
Looks like most places will have clear skies for any outdoor activities but it looks like the answer is no, summer temperatures are going to hold off. So be sure to carry along that jacket or sweatshirt if you’ve got outdoor plans. Tell us in the comments below what you plan on doing to make this Memorial Day memorable!