Ronda Stein of Conewago Township chooses flowers from a selection at Jonny Bs Landscaping on South George Street in York City. Stein was planning to plant
Ronda Stein of Conewago Township chooses flowers from a selection at Jonny Bs Landscaping on South George Street in York City. Stein was planning to plant the flowers in her home garden in time for a Memorial Day party she is hosting. (Bill Kalina photo)

Family time, barbecue, cool treats and temperatures in the 70s.

"This will be our first real taste of summer preview," said Eric Finkenbinder, meteorologist with WHTM abc27. "For Memorial Day weekend, we're drying out, looking at a nice outlook with a fair amount of sunshine."

Temperatures will cool off as Memorial Day approaches, he said.

"We'll go from the 80s and humidity this week to 70s, sunnier and dry this weekend," Finkenbinder said.

Customers at Rick's Home Center in Red Lion are getting ready for their Memorial Day cookouts, said Bryan Stoner, assistant store manager.

"There has been increased sales of barbecue grills and grilling utensils, smoking chips and coolers," he said.

"We'll start seeing a lot of sales Thursday through Sunday," Stoner added. "We'll be selling a lot of charcoal."

Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the busiest times of the summer, said Edward Sneeringer, owner of Rita's, which sells Italian ice and custard at 3000 E. Market St. in Springettsbury Township.

While Rita's will open at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Memorial Day observers normally flood the lot after 7 p.m., Sneeringer said.

"For this weekend as a whole, all bets are off," he said. "It will be busy. It's a family weekend."

For the Memorial Day weekend, the average high temperature is around 76 degrees, according to Tony Mach, meteorological technician with the National Weather Service.

A weather system from the Oklahoma tornado and storms is moving east, causing cooler temperatures in York County, Mach said.

There's a 40 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms Thursday, and Friday showers are possible as the cold front moves through the area, he said. Severe weather is not expected, Mach said.

Like Finkenbinder, Mach said the weekend will be mostly sunny with high temperatures around 70.

Mike Pigott, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.com, also said temperatures throughout the weekend will be around 72 degrees.

However, on Monday the high temperature is expected to be 73 degrees with a potential for an afternoon thunderstorm with spotty rain, but nothing severe, Pigott said.

-Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.