Jun 5, 2024 - Food and Drink

The best time to cookout in Columbus

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: Pantry and Larder; Note: Ideal conditions defined as a late sunset, maximum "feels-like" temperature of 88°F, minimal chance of rain, 25% cloud cover and a slight breeze; Map: Axios Visuals

It's time to get your grill out, and grab a calendar while you're at it.

Driving the news: Sunday, July 14, will be the best day for a summer cookout in the Columbus area, per a Pantry and Larder analysis of local weather data from 2019-2023.

What makes that the perfect barbecue date? These ideal conditions:

  • A weekend or holiday.
  • A slight breeze and minimal chance of rain.
  • Cloud cover of 25% (for adequate shade).
  • 9pm sunset.

👀 We'll have to see if that prediction holds up.

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