May 25, 2024 - News

πŸ— The perfect day for a cookout

Symbol map of U.S. cities showing the best date for a summer barbecue in 2024, based on an analysis of local weather data from 2019 to 2023. Southern cities have ideal dates early in the season, in May or June, while cities on the West Coast and Northeast have dates in July and August.
Data:Β Pantry and Larder; Note: Ideal conditions defined as a late sunset, maximum "feels-like" temperature of 88Β°F, minimal chance of rain, 25% cloud cover and a slight breeze; Map: Axios Visuals

Memorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start to summer, and while some will want to celebrate on a patio or rooftop, others might opt to grill at home.

Driving the news: Next weekend, specifically June 1, is the ideal date to cook out in Charlotte, according to data collected by Pantry and Larder.

What they found: The Australia-based cookware company analyzed five years of weather data from cities across the country to determine the dates most likely to have perfect cookout weather.

  • The criteria include a maximum feels-like temperature of 88Β°, minimal chance of rain, a sunset time of 9pm, a weekend or a holiday, and 25% cloud coverage.
  • For Charlotte, that day is June 1, and the worst day is July 31.

The bottom line: For Southern states, getting our cookout fix in early is best before the temperatures get too hot.

My thought bubble: I think it's time I update our barbecue guide.

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