May 28, 2024 - Food and Drink

The best time for a cookout in Richmond isn't on Memorial Day weekend

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

Don't fret if you didn't have a chance to grill out with friends for Memorial Day weekend. Our best cookout date is actually this coming Saturday.

The big picture: A five-year review of summer weather data by food research company Pantry and Larder found the optimal date for a summer cookout in Richmond is June 1.

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.

Of note: Our worst date is Aug. 10.

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