Memorial Day Weekend Forecast and Watching the Tropics

Memorial Day

The unofficial start of summer kicks off this weekend with many pools opening around the area. If you do have outdoor plans for Memorial Day Weekend you might be wondering if the weather will cooperate? It will certainly feel like summer with temperatures in the upper 80s Saturday and Sunday. We can expect partly to mostly cloudy skies, higher humidity and afternoon thunderstorms this weekend. The chance for thunderstorms is mainly due to an area of high pressure off the east coast supporting a southerly breeze, a more humid feel and the heating of the day. This pattern is typically what we experience during the summer time. These afternoon thunderstorms could produce heavy rain and isolated flooding due to slow moving storms. The best chance for storms will be mainly after 4 PM on Saturday and again Sunday and Monday afternoon. If you will be attending Rolling Thunder on Sunday, be sure to have the umbrella on hand. A lingering boundary could produce an additional shower or thunderstorm on Monday and Tuesday.

If heading to the Eastern Shore this weekend, temperatures will be in the lower 80s Saturday and Sunday and upper 70s on Memorial Day. Saturday and Sunday afternoon could feature an isolated t-storm, but Monday should be mostly dry. Water temperatures will be in the low to mid-60s.

Meanwhile, the StormWatch7 team continues to watch the tropics. We now have our first subtropical system in the Caribbean Sea. Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin kicks off June 1st. You might be wondering what a Subtropical system is; it's an area of low pressure that has some characteristics of a tropical system and some characteristics of a non-tropical system. Alberto will likely become a Tropical Storm into the holiday weekend. Heavy rain, flash flooding and rip currents will be the main impacts across the Gulf Coast and Southeast. We will continue to monitor this system, as it could bring the Mid-Atlantic rain by the latter half of next week.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

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