Wet, windy Memorial Day weekend, but Monday looking good


NEW YORK — The holiday weekend is here — and Mother Nature does not want to cooperate.

A storm system approaches the region Friday and it will be slow to leave. On top of the rain, a good onshore flow will develop bringing much cooler temperatures through the period.

Friday starts out with some sunshine, which should help bring temperatures up into the mid 60s.

Unfortunately, Memorial Day Weekend 2021 is not going to be a pleasant one. A slow-moving storm system will bring periods of rain for the holiday weekend. While it will not be a total wash, it will be chilly and windy for much of it, with temperatures hovering in the 50s. Normally, temperatures should be in the mid 70s. 

Rain has developed Friday afternoon and it will continue all night long. Winds will be on the increase from the east with gusts to around 30 mph at times. Temperatures will drop into the 40s across much of the region. The strong onshore flow will pile water along the coast causing minor coastal flooding at high tide. Additional flooding will be possible for Saturday night’s high tide cycle as well. 

The rain will continue Saturday morning, but there could be a break from the steady rain during the afternoon and continue into the early evening hours. Despite the respite from the rain, it will still be a chilly and windy day with temperatures hovering in the low to mid 50s.

Rain will make a return late Saturday night as another wave of low pressure rides along the frontal boundary. The rain will likely continue through much of Sunday before it finally starts to taper off late in the day. Similar to Saturday, it will remain chilly with highs holding in the 50s.

When all is said and done, as much as 2 inches of rain is possible for much of the region. A little less is possible for areas well north and west. 

We may be able to salvage Memorial Day as high pressure tries to press into the Ohio Valley and push the storm system out to sea. That being said, it is not a guarantee. Some forecast models have hinted at the possibility of another storm system bringing another chance of rain.  Assuming we clear out and the sun emerges, temperatures should climb toward 70 degrees.

For the shortened workweek, it starts out pleasant with mostly sunny skies on Tuesday. Temperatures will climb up into the mid 70s. From Wednesday onward, it gets a little as a warm front lifts through the region. Temperatures climb into the upper 70s to around 80 degrees, but a stray shower or thunderstorm will be possible.   

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