Memorial Day weekend outlook: What you need to know to enjoy the holiday weekend safely

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While we remember those who have served our country this Memorial Day weekend, many people are itching to get outside as the warm sun invites us to get out and enjoy the summer-like weather. With local beaches and state parks beginning to populate once again, here’s what you need to know to enjoy the holiday weekend while keeping safe in the sun and of course, social distancing. 

From May 16th to the 22nd all this week was National Safe Boating Week by the National Weather Service. Each day throughout the week they would provide safety tips for being on the water. Here are some resources and tips for those looking to spend some time boating this weekend:

Below are a few tips courtesy of the National Weather Service:

  • Overexposure to the sun can cause fatigue
  • Always wear a life jacket 
  • Always have a fire extinguisher onboard and know how to use it
  • Operating any boat or watercraft while under the influence of alcohol is illegal
  • Cold water can kill

Don’t underestimate the dangers of cold water this Holiday weekend. According to the US coast guard, the chance of bodily shock due to swimming in cold water below 50 degrees is extremely high. Even though the air temperatures will be in the 80s, the temperature of the lake is only in the 40s. Plan accordingly and be safe!

For more information about staying safe while on the water, click here.

Planning to visit any parks such as Highland Park or Letchworth State Park? Here is the UV index forecast for this weekend for anyone spending time out in the sun:

Saturday – 7 Sunday – 8 Memorial Day – 8

Weekend Forecast Breakdown:


 L: 57       H: 74

Saturday will start with a few sprinkles in the morning, but the rest of the day will be spent dry with clouds and sun. 


 L: 56        H: 81      

Temperatures are continuing to warm with a mostly sunny and dry day in store. Small chance for a few thunderstorms throughout the day.

Memorial Day  

 L: 62       H: 83  

We’ll be getting the full taste of summer with temperatures in the 80s and a few early showers possible. Plenty of dry time and sun is still expected during the day. Overall a pretty fantastic day to get outside. A thunderstorm or two cannot be ruled out late Monday evening with enough heat and moisture in the air to fuel a few pop up storms. Make sure if you’re still outside or out on the water to take shelter with any incoming storms. 

Always remember, when thunder roars go indoors.

~Meteorologist Christine Gregory

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