Warm, wet weather on tap for Memorial Day weekend

It’s time to open your pool and break out the suntan lotion as the summer season gets its unofficial start with a three-day holiday.

Memorial Day weekend is going to feel like mid-July, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Craig Evanego.

But that doesn’t mean that it will be all sunny. Outdoor cookouts also could get a little wet.

The maximum temperature will range from the mid- to high 80s through Monday, caused by a high-pressure system off the United States’ east coast. That has created a steady southerly flow and humid air in the region, Evanego said.

“That’s helping to aid and develop showers and thunderstorms,” Evanego said. “The heat and humidity creates a summer-like pattern. The best chance each day for scattered showers and thunderstorms will be in the afternoon and evening when we’ll have maximum temperature and the most instability.”

The average high temperature is typically about 74 to 75 degrees during the last few days of May, according to NWS’s database.

Mid to high 80s Temps projected over Memorial Day weekend

74 to 75Average highs for end of May

The high may drop back into the high 70s Monday with possible rain.

“By Monday there will probably be another system off the southeastern U.S. coast and some moisture could work its way up here across the eastern coast,” Evanego said. “It will probably reach eastern Pennsylvania and may stay just east of us.”

State College-based AccuWeather says the driving force there is a storm system swinging up from the Bahamas.

“We expect the system to track slowly toward the northwest through the weekend and end up near the South Carolina or North Carolina coast by Memorial Day,” according to AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.

If that system ramps up into hurricane territory, it would be named Bonnie. The first hurricane of the season, Alex, developed months ago, the first January hurricane since 1955, AccuWeather said.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli