The Memorial Day holiday weekend has arrived.  Many consider this weekend the unofficial start to summer.  If you are keeping track, summer actually officially begins on June 20th.  The much-anticipated long weekend is a time to reflect on the fallen men and woman that made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their life fighting for this country.  It is often confused with Veterans Day, a day we honor all of those who have served and currently serving this country.

With the lifting of the mask mandate and businesses allowed to operate at 100% beginning tomorrow, this weekend will feel a lot different than last Memorial Day.  Grills will be sparked up all over the Berkshires, some vacation goers will hook up the camper and strap bicycles to the back of the minivan, captains will be behind the wheel maneuvering family and friends around their local lake.  All great plans except for that one unpredictable factor…the weather.

Mother Nature may not totally cooperate with your plans this weekend as the Berkshires will be getting some rain showers both Saturday and Sunday.  Some clearing is expected on Memorial Day Monday.  Although showers are in the forecast, there may be enough breaks to get some of your outdoor activities in.  Whatever the weather we all should feel a sense of relief and freedom with the lifting of restrictions on Saturday.

Below is the long-range Berkshire forecast from the National Weather Service…

Today

A slight chance of sprinkles between noon and 1pm, then a chance of rain after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 57. North wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight

Rain. Low around 41. East wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday

Rain likely, mainly before 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 50. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night

A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Northeast wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday

Rain likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Northeast wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night

Rain likely before 8pm, then showers likely, mainly between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Memorial Day

A chance of showers before 8am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Tuesday

Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Wednesday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Wednesday Night

A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday

A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

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