Memorial day weekend is traditionally the unofficial kick off into summer and Mother Nature got the memo on this one, we are going to see some Summer-like weather.
We are continuing an unsettled weather pattern as we head into the weekend and beginning of next week. Meaning there is still going to be some instability in the air, added with high dew-points (moisture) and the heat, there is a chance for pop up storms every day.
We are also keeping a close eye on the possibility of severe storms as well so stay tuned. It's just too early to tell at this point but it's not out of the question.
Basically the heat is stemming from a large upper level ridge that is building into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Interestingly, looking at record temps I don't think we'll be breaking any. Why? Well it so happens that there was a bit of a heat wave in 1911.
From May 17th to 29th the area was in a heat wave in 1911but some of those records were also broken in 1914.
In 1914 there was also a little heat wave. From May 26th-May 28th record temps are in the upper 90s!
Heat wave is technically three days or more of 90 degree + temperatures.
It's possible we could have a mini heat wave over the weekend. Looking at forecasted temperatures we'll have a chance but again, nothing record breaking.
When will it end?
Right now we are looking for a decently strengthened cold front to approach the area on Tuesday. That will bring some clouds, rain and thunderstorms. By Wednesday we should start cooling off a bit.
I'm sure the next question is, wow, heat in March and heat the end of May. "I bet this means we are going to have a hot summer." Please think again. Any early season preview DOES NOT mean it's an indication of the entire season. Remember snow last October? That did not mean it was going to be a bad winter, and we were actually pretty mild.
What about a pre-season Hurricane Alberto? Does that mean it's going to be a bad Hurricane season? Not one bit.
Again, there are no indication that these things indicate an entire season. Honestly I think it almost dis-proves it to be honest.
So as we get into the warmer days, remember to dress in light colored clothing. Wear looser clothes, drink plenty of water and put on the sunscreen!
One other tip, don't forget to re-apply the sunscreen. The majority of people who get a sunburn put on sunscreen but don't re-apply.