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Memorial Day Forecast: Will Rain Pummel Your Picnic?

Memorial Day Forecast: Will Rain Pummel Your Picnic?

Summer may still be more than a month away, but that doesn’t stop us all from hoping to get an early start over Memorial Day weekend.

Whether you’ve got a cookout, camping trip, pool party, or other outdoor activity planned over your three-day weekend, be sure to read our forecast to find out what Mother Nature has in store for this year’s Memorial Day holiday.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac’s long range outlook, regions west of the Mississippi can expect fair, pleasant weather over Memorial Day weekend. In New England, the Great Lakes, and the southeastern states, look for hot, humid conditions, coupled with heavy showers. Things may be wet for the Indianapolis 500, and stay wet long enough to dampen picnic plans for much of the Eastern U.S.

Here’s a closer look at what we’re predicting for your region:

Zone 1 — Northeast
Hot Mid-Atlantic States. Showers sweep up through New England.

Zone 2 — Great Lakes
Showers rapidly sweep east. Indy 500 might turn out wet.

Zone 3 – Southeast
Hot and humid, with developing showers, especially along Gulf Coast.

Zone 4 — North Central
Becoming mostly pleasant.

Zone 5 — South Central
Mostly fair.

Zone 6 — Pacific Northwest
Mostly pleasant.

Zone 7 — Southwest
Mostly pleasant weather returns.

Be sure to check out our long-range forecast for up to four free months of weather predictions!

7 comments

1 Laurel B { 05.19.11 at 8:42 am }

I have to agree that weather south of Lake Michigan is the pits. Vegetable plants are literally blown out of the ground in the middle of June by cold blustery winds. Memorial Day is usually nasty. Couldn’t even plant potatoes this year, too wet.

2 William Longston { 05.18.11 at 1:13 pm }

Chicago weather is definitely the Worlds Worst! Why do we live here? It’s not even that great of a city anymore , and with Rahm taking over its going down hill even more. To think that Phoenix has 85% of their days sunny, and Chicago has 15% full cloudless days . Now is the time to move to Phoenix!

3 Elaine Schriber { 05.18.11 at 12:57 pm }

Here in the Mitten, it has rained 33 days out of the last 47

4 Nina { 05.18.11 at 11:41 am }

It has been raining every single day here in Chicago area. Is that normal ? What is going on with nature this year ? I would really like to get a good explanation from someone who tracks weather. All I want it just ONE completely cloudless sunny day !

5 Suzi { 05.18.11 at 10:47 am }

It has to be prettyMemorial Day weekend (28th). I’m marrying my childhood sweetheart, we’ve waited 45 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 Lisa { 05.18.11 at 8:52 am }

Pretty good forecast forusin tennessee cause im tiredofit raining andit being chilly,.

7 Julie B. { 05.17.11 at 6:48 pm }

Noooo! We here in Ohio are desperately wishing for the sun and warmth to return. Memorial Day weekend would be an especially nice time to have some pleasant weather, since our pools open then. My pleas go out to Mother Nature… :-)

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