|Memorial Day Weekend's Weather Outlook|
3 PM EDT, May 28, 2016
By WeatherBug's Alexa Maines
|The remainder of Memorial Day Weekend will have no shortage of active weather across the nation, making outdoor barbeques and trips to the beach a bit difficult. |
Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Bonnie will make landfall in South Carolina early Sunday morning, bringing as much as two inches of rain to places like Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Although temperatures will be in the warm upper 70s to lower 80s, beachgoers will have to stay inside for the day.
The pleasant, summery weather will end Sunday as rain drifts into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast in the afternoon to early evening. Temperatures will still be rather mild in the 70s and 80s, but humidity will make outdoor activities feel sticky and unpleasant.
A dry line separating moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and dry air from the southwest will help create severe thunderstorms in the Texas Panhandle Sunday. Hail and damaging wind gusts are the biggest threats. Highs will reach the warm mid-to-upper 80s.
There's a chance for pop-up showers and thunderstorms from the Great Basin to the Ohio Valley and as far south as the Lower Mississippi Valley thanks to two separate low pressure systems. Although skies will be sunny for most of the day, showers and thunderstorms could form in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will reach the middle 80s east of the Rockies and places west of the Rockies will stay cooler in the middle to upper 70s.
The Pacific Northwest, California and Southwest will be dry and sunny. Those in California and the Southwest will have perfect pool weather, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Even though the Pacific Northwest will be much cooler in the middle 60s to lower 70s, it will still be great weather for a cookout.
Soggy weather will continue for the East Coast on Memorial Day, with the remnant moisture from the tropical system combined with a Great Lakes low pressure funneling showers into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures will drop into the mid-to-upper 70s, providing some relief from the stifling heat.
A severe thunderstorm threat will continue Monday as a cold front sweeps through the Great Plains. Although the greatest threat will be in western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska, dangerous weather is possible in a few spots from southern North Dakota to western Texas. Hail and damaging winds are possible with these storms. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
The Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast will be scorching hot in the upper 80s to lower 90s, with a few places seeing relief from an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Nonetheless, a dip in the pool may be necessary to combat the heat.
Tranquil spots in the U.S. on Memorial Day include the Upper Great Lakes, Northwest, Great Basin and Southwest. Skies will be clear and temperatures will reach the middle 80s and 90s in the Great Basin and Southwest. Places like Seattle and Portland will bump up to the middle 70s by Monday afternoon.
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