Stormy, steamy weekend for Shore, holiday travel

Posted: May 26, 2012

Get ready for a stormy, steamy stretch of days.

So far this year, the temperature topped 82 only once, hitting the year’s high of 89 on April 16.

Starting today, a half-dozen straight days could see the mid 80s or more, and Memorial Day and Tuesday both have shots at 90.

Humidity will be summerlike as well, with showers and thunderstorms a threat today, Saturday and Sunday.

So lots of air-conditioners are likely to be cranking.

Especially in cars. More than 400,000 area residents expect to travel at least 50 miles, about the same as last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the first major migration to the Shore. Ocean City visitors will be happy to find the Route 52 Causeway connecting with Somers Point fully reopened after six years of reconstruction.

Also, the route to Jersey over the Walt Whitman won’t be jammed with extra sports fans, since the Phillies are out of town and the Sixers are in Boston for a decisive Game 7 of their playoff series.

Fittingly, weather-wise, if the Sixers win they’ll face the Heat — The Miami Heat, who ousted the Indiana Pacers.

By the way, this weekend’s warmth may not presage another hot summer, according to " Summer’s hot streak about to end?" by the Inquirer’s Anthony R. Wood.

For more on the forecast, see Philly.com’s weather page.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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