The water in the swimming pool might be a bit chilly, but Rock Hill area residents are in for an otherwise-splendid Memorial Day weekend.
Weather forecasters say the traditional opening weekend of the summer season will feature summer-like conditions, after a week of heavy rain and severe storms.
And travel experts say a large number of people will hit the road.
AAA Carolinas predicts that 565,000 South Carolina residents will travel 50 or more miles this weekend – the most since 2005. Tiffany Wright of AAA Carolinas said this year’s figure is up 2.7 percent over a year ago.
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“Carolinians are eagerly awaiting the start of summer and are ready to travel, thanks to the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Dave Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.
Whether Rock Hill area residents stay home or hit the road, they will find nice weather in the Carolinas.
Cloudless skies are expected to return Friday, with temperatures climbing to 80 degrees or a bit above. That will be in the neighborhood of the average high for this time of year – 81 degrees. It will get even warmer Saturday, with a forecast high of 88. A weak frontal system will approach from the northwest Sunday, bringing a small chance of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm. A shower or thunderstorm also is possible Monday, with the front nearby. But National Weather Service forecasters say Sunday and Monday will feature partly sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 80s.
AAA Carolinas says Myrtle Beach will be the No. 1 destination for Carolinas travelers this weekend, followed by Charlotte. Most of the Charlotte-bound tourists will be attending NASCAR events Saturday and Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Parsons says gasoline prices this Memorial Day will average about 1 cent lower than last Memorial Day. The latest average in South Carolina was $2.04 a gallon, but the Rock Hill-area average was listed at $2.01.
Memorial Day weekend
▪ York County government offices will be closed on Memorial Day as will collection and recycling centers in the county. Government offices and facilities will return to their normal operation schedule on May 30.
▪ Historic Brattonsville will honor those who served and died in the military. There will be a variety of historic performances, 10 a.m.-4 p.m on May 29. Brattonsville staff and volunteers will be dressed in historical clothing and will demonstrate how the Bratton family, as well as those who lived in that era, cooked and farmed.
▪ On May 28 at 3:45, the York County Veterans Advisory Council will hold their annual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor those who died in the line of duty. The event will be at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. There will be music, prayer, honor and color guards, flowers and remembrances. Bronze Star recipient and York County Veterans Service Officer Colonel Melinda Woodhurst will be a guest speaker. Details: 803-517-0641 or 803-684-3007.
▪ Rock Hill’s Rolling Thunder group will depart from Rock Hill on May 25 at 6 a.m. They will meet with other riders from Rolling Thunder and travel to Washington D.C. Rolling Thunder makes a yearly trip to the nation’s capital to raise awareness of the thousands of veterans from who are still considered missing in action.
Compiled by Christopher Edwards