If you do have outdoor plans, the best weather overall will be across much of the western US and Southeast, with warm-to-hot temperatures and dry conditions.
The Northeast will be anything but dry for much of the Memorial Day weekend. Two storm systems will move through the Mid-Atlantic and up the coast toward New England, bringing widespread rain with it.
This first storm will track over the Northeast on Saturday, continuing the wet weather from Friday. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will be present much of the day in the Mid-Atlantic, especially near the coast. During the midday hours, there could be a break in between the two storm systems.
More widespread rain is likely in southern New England on Saturday morning, with lingering showers into the afternoon. There could be pockets of heavier rain by the coast in the pre-dawn hours, but flash flooding is not expected to pose much of a concern considering the below average precipitation so far this year.
Coastal flooding from this storm will be possible Saturday night from Delaware through Long Island and Connecticut.
To the north, across Upstate New York and northern New England, it will likely be dry, with partly sunny skies on Saturday.
Sunday will be another wet, ugly day to celebrate the holiday weekend. The rain shield will span farther north this time, nearing the Canadian border in New York and northern New England. There will also be areas of heavier rain, likely focused near the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia through Boston as deep moisture streams up the East Coast of the US.
This stint of rain will clear from west to east, likely ending in most of the Mid-Atlantic by Sunday evening. This process will be slower in New England.
Western New England should be dry, with partly sunny skies, by Monday while in eastern New England, especially southeastern Massachusetts, showers will possibly continue through Memorial Day on Monday.
The remainder of the Northeast will be nice on Memorial Day, with partly cloudy skies, making for prime weather to have a barbeque or sporting games.
Unfortunately, temperatures will be cool through the duration of the weekend so for some, it may be better staying inside anyway.
Saturday will be the coolest day with high temperatures for many only in the 50s. These highs are more common in March than late May, and record cold afternoon temperatures are expected for over 40 cities too. That includes New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.
A gradual warming trend will begin early next week, so by Monday temperatures will get closer to average but still 5 to 10 degrees below normal, after being up to 20 degrees below average on Saturday and Sunday. Highs on Monday will be in the 60s and 70s across much of the region.
The Southeast will be in for better weather this weekend compared to the Northeast, but some areas of the region will still face a few thunderstorms.
Spotty showers and storms associated with the second storm over the Northeast will be possible Saturday in the Carolinas, southern Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. Isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible on and near the Outer Banks, containing the threat for…