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Memorial Day 2017: Stormy weather to disrupt holiday activities from Texas to Maine


While storms are expected to ravage parts of the central Plains over the weekend, the wet weather will focus on the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard for Memorial Day Monday.

Weekend storms to dip through central Plains

Disruptive weather is expected to focus on the central United States on Saturday and Sunday while the rest of the country enjoys relatively calm conditions.

“Storms could impact Wichita and St Louis Saturday before pressing southward into the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by Sunday,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.

Any storms that spark have the potential to be severe, bringing torrential rainfall, dangerous lightning and damaging winds and hail to areas in the line of fire.

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“People will need to be on the lookout when they are outdoors, and should be prepared to move to shelter when storms approach,” said Pydynowski.

Wet end to the holiday weekend in the eastern U.S.

Residents of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and New England should bring an umbrella and sweatshirt to any Memorial Day celebrations.

“Monday’s weather will be quite cool and unsettled across the region with highs only in the 60s and 70s F,” said Pydynowski.

However, some peeks of sunshine could make for periods of pleasant weather for those determined to make it to the beach, regardless of the chilly ocean conditions.

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Hypothermia can occur in any water temperature below 70, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A few thunderstorms are not out of the question, and it will be important for beachgoers to seek shelter at the first sign of threatening weather.

Disruptive storms in store for Gulf Coast

“Widespread showers and potentially severe storms will interfere with barbecues and picnics from the Gulf Coast into the Carolinas,” said Pydynowski.

In addition to finding shelter in a sturdy building during any storms, partygoers should take care to secure outdoor furniture and other objects ahead of any storms to limit damage.

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More agreeable weather will be found in the aptly named Sunshine State.

“The best area to escape the wet weather could be the Florida Peninsula, with dry conditions likely in Orlando, Tampa and Daytona Beach,” said Pydynowski.

Dry and warm weather in the West

High pressure is expected to maintain warm but pleasant conditions in the West, contrasting most of the nation.

“Any rainfall chances should be isolated to the mountains during the afternoon and evening,” said Pydynowski.

Otherwise, consistently calm and sunny weather will promote above-average temperatures and a promise of uninterrupted holiday celebrations.