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Memorial Day weekend is set to bring extreme weather conditions across the country, with sweltering heat in the South, possible tornadoes in the Midwest, and fire conditions in the Southwest. Forecasters are warning millions of Americans to prepare for these conditions as they gear up to travel for the holiday weekend. Temperatures in the South are predicted to soar into the 90s, with some areas in central and south Texas expected to reach above 100 degrees. Meanwhile, the West Coast and upper Midwest may see unusually cool temperatures, and New England is expected to have comfortable conditions on Saturday.

Multiple rounds of severe storms are expected to hit states in the Midwest and East Coast, bringing damaging wind gusts, flooding, hail, and potential tornadoes. The National Weather Service is cautioning residents in Indiana, southern Michigan, Illinois, and parts of Ohio to prepare for severe weather on Friday and Sunday. In the central and southern Plains states, as well as the Ozarks, Mississippi, and Ohio River Valley, residents should also be ready for potentially strong tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, and large hail. On the East Coast, storms are expected on Monday as well.

In New Mexico, high heat is raising concerns about elevated to critical fire weather conditions in the northern and eastern parts of the state. The National Weather Service is warning that fire conditions are likely on Saturday, urging residents in those areas to take precautions to prevent wildfires. This combination of extreme heat, severe storms, and fire danger is creating a challenging weather situation for the holiday weekend.

Gas prices have been fluctuating in recent weeks, dropping to an average of $3.60 per gallon, according to GasBuddy. Analysts expect prices to remain in the mid-$3.50 range through Memorial Day, with the cheapest prices in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. Despite the lower gas prices, nearly 44 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles over Memorial Day weekend. The vast majority of travelers are anticipated to drive, with only 8% flying to their destinations.

As Americans prepare to hit the road for the holiday weekend, it is important for travelers to stay informed about the weather conditions in their area and along their route. With extreme heat, severe storms, and fire danger in various parts of the country, it is crucial to be prepared for any potential weather-related challenges. By staying updated on the latest forecasts and taking necessary precautions, travelers can ensure a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend getaway.

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