Sure, we’ll be warmer/hotter on Friday but here’s a little fun fact about Thursday. It’s the first day of the year where Burlington’s average high is 70°! Most of us easily got there but there were still a couple spots like Plattsburgh that got hung up in the 60s. Quiet but mild weather continues Thursday night, lows will only drop into the upper 50s; average is in the upper 40s!
Friday, clouds get thicker in the afternoon and there’s a small chance at northern showers & isolated thunderstorms after 3pm. The more south you go, the drier you’ll be. It’ll also turn warm and breezy. Highs will run into the low & mid 80s while southwest winds crank near 30mph at times! 80-85° isn’t record setting heat but it’s way above normal. Also remember that we’ve already hit 80° in May three times; it was 88° May 2!
Over the weekend, rain returns. Showers will likely start Friday night across the North Country and drift south during the day Saturday; highs will be in the 70s. I don’t see you getting washed out of parades or other events but it’ll be wise to have an umbrella on stand by. Sunday, it appears there will be just an isolated chance for rain in Vermont & New Hampshire with scattered, potentially heavy rain more likely in New York. Much of the Vermont City Marathon will be in the 60s under mostly cloudy skies. Rain will then spread east into Vermont & New Hampshire Sunday night & Monday. Monday, we’re not expecting severe weather but the thunder threat isn’t 0. On Memorial Day as you’re dodging scattered showers, remember that if you’re close enough to hear thunder, you’re close enough to get struck by lightning.
I hope you have a great weekend!
-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker