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Best, worst bets for outdoor plans this Father's Day

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
June 14, 2019, 6:13:18 AM EDT

While Father's Day activities may need to be spent indoors in part of the central and northeastern United States, the weather in the Southeast and West may be best for a round of golf or family fun.

Areas most likely to have wet weather that may interfere with outdoor picnics and barbecues and last for several hours on Sunday will extend from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and New England.

Within this zone over the central part of the U.S., enough rain may fall at a fast enough pace to cause urban and small stream flooding.

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The core of the rain may focus on part of a narrow swath of the broad area hit hard by river flooding in recent months.

Within this rain area and especially along the leading edge where the sun may be out for several hours, thunderstorms can become feisty with frequent lightning strikes and gusty winds.

Elsewhere, a few storms are forecast to dot the southern Atlantic coast and portions of the northern and central Plains. However, for the most part, even in the few areas that get a downpour, most of the time is likely to be free of rain.

Boating conditions along the mid-Atlantic and eastern Gulf coasts should be fair. Along the New England coast, showers are forecast with choppy seas developing.

Sailboat pic

Waters along the western Gulf coast may get a little rough due to a stiff southerly breeze. Operators of small craft should expect spotty squalls along the Florida Atlantic coast.

It should feel like summertime from Texas to Florida and the Carolinas, while cool air is forecast to linger over the North Central states.

Bathers should use caution in the Northeast as water temperatures are still chilly and can bring on cold water shock. The risk of rip currents may reach moderate levels along the Florida east coast and parts of the Texas coast.

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Meanwhile, much of the West can expect dry and sunny conditions on Sunday.

The heat wave that baked much of the Pacific coast will have throttled back to the point where seasonable temperatures return.

This means that highs on the immediate Pacific coastline will range from the middle 60s to the upper 70s. Morning low clouds will yield to at least partial afternoon sunshine.

Father's Day Pic Father Daughter

Those planning on taking the boat out for a Father's Day cruise should expect benign weather conditions with waves ranging from a foot or so along the Southern California coast to about 3 feet along the Washington coast.

Like that of the Northeast, ocean waters are quite chilly along the Pacific coast, including Southern California.

Farther inland over the West, sunshine is forecast for most areas all day long. However, those living in or venturing to the central and northern Rockies can expect building clouds that can be followed by spotty thunderstorms during the afternoon.

Those partaking in a Father's Day hike through the woods or a climb into the mountains should seek shelter at the first rumble of thunder.


Melting snow has many streams and rivers running fast and frigid over the interior West. Only consider white-water recreation with a trained professional.

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