Looking ahead: Will it rain on Memorial Day?

Posted at 8:46 AM, May 24, 2016

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer. Memorial services, parades, cookouts, pool plans and so much more take people outside. But the big question is, will the forecast cooperate?

The good news is that a cold front or strong area of low pressure will not move through the Ohio Valley during the holiday weekend. This keeps away the risk of organized storms or devastating severe weather. 

However, what we are seeing is a hotter and more humid outlook all weekend long. Your Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoon highs will range from 81 to 84 through the stretch. But each day will also have a chance for showers and storms. Why? The combination of heat and humidity.

Isolated showers and storms will pop up here in the Tri-State thanks to the peak afternoon heating. It looks like the 3 to 8 p.m. window will be our best chance for rain and storms each day. But here's the thing, this will not be a washout. More than 60 percent of the Tri-State could easily stay dry on any one of these days because of the isolated nature of the storms. They will not be organized either.

Our best advice to you is to be weather-aware in the afternoon hours. If you start to hear rumbles of thunder while you are outside, check our Storm Shield app to see where rain is at on the radar and where it's moving next. Head inside to wait out the storm and then return to your outside plans once the storms have moved away.

If you don't already have the Storm Shield app, you can download it by clicking on the link below:

Download the WCPO Storm Shield app for iTunes or for Android devices (storm-based alerts for life-threatening weather events).