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Memorial Day: What weather to expect on the unofficial start of summer

So, what exactly can expect weather-wise this summer heading into Memorial Day weekend?

MOLINE, Ill — Memorial Day is considered by many as the unofficial start date of the summer season. That's mostly due to spikes in the warm weather that we experience after cooler temperatures pass by. It's usually pleasant outside and it's often the first time we are getting back to outdoor summer activities since Labor Day (the unofficial end of summer) such as barbequing, outdoor activities, family gatherings, etc. Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st and meteorological summer starts on June 1st.

According to NWS, for the month of June, we will be sitting slightly above normal temperatures for the month of June, as well as having below-normal precipitation; a trend we've had this year so far.

Credit: NOAA
Credit: NOAA

The National Weather Service (NWS) has already posted its summer 2022 outlook. According to the NWS, we can expect warmer and drier conditions this summer for much of the U.S. The Quad Cities is likely just outside of drought development, while the majority of the west half of the U.S. will have persisting and developing droughts. 

NWS predicts the  Quad Cities will experience equal chances of rain for the summer precipitation outlook. This means we should receive the average amount of rainfall this summer, not more or less. Temperature-wise for the summer, we will be just slightly above normal. 

Similarly, the majority of the U.S. overall will be experiencing above warmer temperatures. Unless you are going to northern Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and Southern Hawaii, most vacation destinations will have above-normal temperatures. 

If you have any summer plans here within the US, especially in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, and Idaho, expect a much warmer vacation. You’ll want to make sure to stay hydrated and have sunscreen readily available.  

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If you have any plans to take a vacation to the east coast, beaches down in the South, or Hawaii, there is a higher possibility you could experience rain due to those being the only parts of the U.S. that are expected to experience above-normal precipitation for the summer. About a third of the U.S. will be experiencing below-normal precipitation. 

Credit: NOAA
Credit: NOAA

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