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Memorial Day 2019: Rain or Shine?

Memorial Day 2019: Rain or Shine?

Summer may not officially begin until June 21st with the arrival of the Summer Solstice, but almost everyone in the U.S. considers Memorial Day the unofficial start to summer. So what will Memorial Day weather be like? Will we see summer-like temperatures?

When is Memorial Day 2019?

Memorial Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the last Monday in May. In 2019, that date is Monday, May 27th. In Canada, Memorial Day is celebrated alongside Canada Day on July 1st in the province of Newfoundland/Labrador. See the Canada Day forecast here!

U.S. Memorial Day Weekend Weather Forecast

Here’s what the Farmers’ Almanac’s long-range weather predictions are calling for the long Memorial Day weekend, from May 24 – 27th:

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.
Frequent rain showers, then fresh, colder air sweeps into New England by Memorial Day

Zone 2 – Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest
Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin
Frequent rain showers; then colder air sweeps in from the west. Clearing weather hopefully arrives for the Indy 500.

Zone 3 – Southeast
Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida
Localized thunderstorms for the Deep South; plan on a warm and humid Memorial Day.

Zone 4 – North Central
Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana
Cool, drier air sweeps in from the Rockies and points east for Memorial Day weekend.

Zone 5 – South Central
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico
Frequent rain showers, then turning colder for Memorial Day.

Zone 6 – Northwest
Washington, Oregon, Idaho
Partial clearing with continued chilly conditions for the holiday.

Zone 7 – Southwest
California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona
Changeable skies: mixed clouds with some sun. There’s a chance of a shower or two. Cool temperatures for Memorial Day.

It looks like most of our zones, except for the Southeast, will have cooler conditions so summer-like temperatures are going to hold off. 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!

Here’s what to do if it rains

Teaching Kids the Meaning of Memorial Day

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

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  • Jaime Wilson says:

    What is going on with this weather the cold and flu season seems to have gotten longer this year. I wish it would warm up and kill these bugs going round especially since I have a 1 year old in my house.

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