As the cold, snowy winter prepares to relax the icy grasp it has held on much of the United States this winter, eager vacationers are preparing for their spring break trips.
A storm system that will move through the South to start next week will bring a few days of uncooperative weather for Gulf Coast beach goers, but there will be days of intermittent sunshine after the rain.
Read on for the forecasts for locations in some of the most popular spring break regions.
While the weekend will have inclement weather for this college vacation hotspot, AccuWeather.com meteorologists Mark Paquette and Rob Miller said that the disruptive front will move away from the area. In its wake will be a more seasonable pattern, with plenty of sunshine and warmer air.
The average high temperature in Cancun in March is 84 F with a low of 71 F, with nearly 90 percent of average March days above 80 F. It is typically a dry month for the area, with an average of only three days seeing any precipitation.
Its reliability for good weather combined with tourist-friendly resorts have made this area one of the most popular destinations for spring breakers.
It will be a chilly start to next week for South Padre Island as a storm moves through. Temperatures will only be in the 50s on Sunday, but will rise to the 60s Monday before hitting the 70s for the remainder of the week. Monday will also feature some gusty, northerly winds and rain.
By Tuesday, clouds will begin to break up with more sunshine through Thursday.
"It won't be the best beach weather early on, but by Tuesday the conditions will improve greatly," AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.
The same system that will bring wet weather to South Padre will hit Florida at midweek, though it will be a brief disruption. The week will begin in the upper 70s, with partly to mostly sunny skies. The showers and thunderstorms will arrive by Wednesday, though temperatures will still be in the 70s. The front will move through quickly, bringing drier but slightly cooler weather to end the week.
The pristine Caribbean waters of the Bahamas makes Nassau another popular international destination. Averaging about 10 days of precipitation for the month of March, Paquette said that rainfall is usually in the form of quick showers and not heavy rainfall.
High temperatures will typically be in the high 70s for the month.
While this weekend will begin with some tumultuous weather, next week will see plenty of sunshine and warm weather.
For those who prefer to take their vacation away from the beach, Las Vegas can be a popular winter get away. Normal highs for this time of year are in the upper 60s and normal overnight lows are in the upper 40s.
According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark, next week will begin warmer than normal with highs nearing 80 F. By Wednesday, temperatures will dip to more seasonable levels in the high 60s. The weather to start the week will be dry with partly to mostly sunny skies and some breezy conditions at midweek.
Cool and unsettled weather will continue across the Northeast through late week.
Relief is on the way for portions of the Plains that are in the grips of the ongoing drought.
A tropical wave west of the Cape Verde Islands looks like it could be the next named tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.
It was a rather active past few days with tornadoes, flash flooding, and damaging winds targeting many communities from Tennessee to Massachusetts and in Colorado.
A pair of tropical threats will target areas from China and Taiwan to Guam this week.
Following the thunderstorms of early in the week, the Nation's Capital will see cooler and less humid air midweek.
July 29th is historically a rainy day in Waynesburg, PA. It all began in 1878 when a farmer casually told drug store clerk William Allison that it always seemed to rain on July 29th in this southwestern PA town. The clerk made a note of it and started keeping a yearly tabulation. July 29th, 2001 was the 104th rainfall in the past 124 years on this date.
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