Jun 6, 2024 - Food and Drink

Indianapolis' best day for a summer 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: 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

If rain put a damper on your Memorial Day cookout plans, have no fear because the best day to grill in Indy is still weeks away.

Driving the news: In an effort to pin down the perfect cookout date, culinary website Pantry and Larder did a five-year review of summer weather data that weighed "average temperatures, rainfall, cloud cover, wind speed and sunset time."

How it works: Pantry and Larder determined ideal weather conditions include:

  • A maximum feels-like temperature of 88.
  • 25% cloud cover and low rain chances.
  • A slight breeze.

Mark your calendar: Indiana's best cookout date, researchers found, is July 14.

  • The worst cookout date is July 1.

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