Memorial Day Forecast Includes Record Heat and More Storms

Brian Donegan
Published: May 27, 2019
The jet stream will plunge southward over the West and bulge northward over the East for Memorial Day weekend, causing a variety of conditions from coast to coast.

Memorial Day will bring a variety of weather from coast to coast, including continued storminess in the Plains and Midwest, record heat in the Southeast and cool, unsettled conditions in the West.

A pronounced southward plunge of the jet stream will remain parked over the West through the holiday while a northward bulge of the jet stream sets up over the East. The central states will be sandwiched between this undulating jet-stream pattern in the West and East, making the Plains and Midwest ripe for the formation of showers and thunderstorms.

Nearly 43 million Americans were expected to take to the roads or sky this Memorial Day weekend, the second-highest holiday travel volume in records dating back to 2000, according to AAA.

With that in mind, here's what travelers will have to contend with for the unofficial start of summer.

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Memorial Day's Forecast

-Wet Areas: Showers and thunderstorms remain a possibility in parts of the West, Rockies, Plains and Midwest. Some of the storms could be severe, particularly in the central states.

-Dry Areas: Most of the Northeast, Southeast, Gulf Coast region and much of the southern Plains will enjoy a dry Memorial Day holiday.

-High Temperatures: The heat will remain in full force across the Southeast, with highs again in the 90s to around 100 degrees, challenging May monthly records. Cooler-than-average temperatures are expected to persist in most of the West, where many locations will have highs in the 50s and 60s. The Pacific Northwest and Southwest are expected to rise into the 70s to near 80 degrees. Temperatures will range from the 60s to the 80s in the Northeast. A sharp contrast in temperatures is possible across the Midwest, with highs ranging from the 50s and 60s to the 70s and 80s from north to south.

Memorial Day's Forecast

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