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With the start of May this weekend, I’ll also be starting a weekly column tailored to weather for outdoor activities. Many of you spend at least some time outside on the weekends, and whether it’s knowing the best time for a run or if your beach trip is going to see rain, this rundown is all you’ll […]
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As the weather is warming up, I am starting a weekly column tailored to weather for outdoor activities. Many of you spend at least some time outside on the weekends, and whether it’s knowing the best time for a run or if your beach trip is going to be rained on, this rundown is all you’ll need.
The first thing to know is that Saturday is going to be a nicer day than Sunday. I am a bit concerned that showers will move in for Sunday from mid-morning onward as the pattern turns a bit wetter for next week. Sunrise is around 6 a.m. and sunset is just about 7:45 p.m., leaving a lot of daylight.
Hiking, biking, and running
This weekend will at least start with dry weather and make any of these activities a pleasure.
If you are headed to the mountains, it will be cool with highs at the higher elevations (over 4,000 feet) in the low- to mid-40s. Campers should bring warm gear for cold mornings.
On Sunday, clouds will increase and a few rain showers are possible, especially late in the afternoon across York and southern Cumberland counties. There won’t be any wind to contend with on Saturday. Sunday could have a slight breeze.
Beaching and boating
York to Rockland: Water temperatures are in the low- to mid-40s and with chilly air present all weekend. It’s not likely you’ll be swimming. However, you might be taking the boat out for the first run of the season. Tides are high around 6:00 in the morning and evening. Consult your local tide chart for specifics.
From the Belfast to Easport: Water temperatures are still cold in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Winds will be light all weekend from the northeast and east, seas only around 2 feet.
Soccer, softball, baseball, golf, and other outdoor games
Clear skies and cool readings at night mean there will some dew on the grass Saturday morning. I don’t expect any frost delays along the coast, but if you have an early tee time on inland golf courses, there could be frost issues. Saturday features a lot of sunshine, but there may be some increase in clouds later in the day; even so, be sure to wear sunscreen.
On Sunday morning, there may be also some dew on the grass, although it won’t be as chilly to start to the day. Expect temperatures to be in the 40s and with clouds on the increase, it won’t warm up very much. Remember: Even on cloudy days, lots of UV light gets through the clouds and you can still get sunburned. You can probably get a round of golf in on Sunday as any rain should arrive late.
With rain expected Sunday evening and Monday, this is a good weekend to put down some grass seed and organic, slow-release fertilizers. You can also still move some trees, shrubs, and perennials. (Remember if you are moving plants to still give them a good drink of water, even with the rain expected.) High temperatures will be in the upper 50s at the coast and lower 60s inland on Saturday but will remain in the 40s to lower 50s Sunday. The sun can burn houseplants that you’re moving outside so put them in the shade for a few days before moving them into full sunshine.
Roads will be dry through most of Sunday, but there is a chance of showers for the late afternoon on Sunday. Your car can heat up very fast when parked in the sun—don’t leave pets or, of course, kids in the car. The sun’s intensity this weekend is similar to that of the second week of August.
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