Fuel prices, temperatures rise this Memorial Day holiday weekend – Macomb Daily

With gas prices soaring and the temperature set to boil over this Memorial Day weekend, you might expect a lot of people to stay close to home this summer.

Your guess would be wrong, according to travel experts.

Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the busiest in three years, building on a resurgence in travel that began earlier this spring. This year’s forecast marks the second-biggest single-year increase in travelers since 2010 – 2021 was the highest – bringing volumes back almost to pre-pandemic levels.

“Based on the Memorial Day travel forecast, the summer travel season is off to a great start,” said Debbie Haas, vice president of travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group.

“People are more comfortable traveling now than at any other time in the past two years, and travel bookings reflect that. Flight, hotel and cruise bookings for Memorial Day weekend is twice as big as the holidays last year, and that momentum will likely continue well into the summer.

This holiday weekend, which most consider the kickoff of summer, AAA predicts that more than 1.1 million Michiganders will travel 50 miles or more from home. This represents an increase of 7.9% compared to 2021, bringing travel volumes back almost to the level of 2015.

Despite historically high gas prices, 92% of Memorial Day travelers plan to travel by car. More than one million Michiganders are expected to take a road trip over the holidays, up 4.8% from last year’s holiday weekend.

Soaring fuel prices will hit drivers and captains hard this summer. (AP FILE PHOTO)

A combination of tight global supply and strong demand are the main culprits behind this unprecedented pain at the pump.

On Thursday, the average gasoline price was $4.56 a gallon. This is well above the cost of $2.97 in 2021 and the highest average price on record of $4.11 in 2008.

Not only are gas prices rising, but so are the temperatures.

“We’re going to see a pretty quick warm-up this weekend,” said Megan Varcie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, Oakland County.

Varcie said once we get past possible showers and thunderstorms in the Friday forecast, things will gradually brighten up and warm up.

Expect mostly sunny skies before Saturday and beyond. Saturday’s high is expected to be near 71 degrees, 78 on Sunday and in the upper 80s and lower 90s through Wednesday.

The Weather Service released its forecast for summer 2022 on Thursday, which calls for above-average temperatures in Michigan’s southeast region, along with normal precipitation.

“Nothing out of the ordinary,” Varcie said.

Warm weather will likely draw more visitors to Macomb County’s two Metroparks – the 770-acre Lake St. Clair facility in Harrison Township and the massive Stony Creek in Shelby Township, which spans some 4,400 acres.

In reality. Lake St. Clair Metropark’s outdoor pool opens Friday.

Families will find a relaxing setting to vacation or grab a bite to eat on either beach.

More details about the parks can be found at metroparks.com.

And youngsters will want to check out Clinton Township’s new Splash Pad, which held its grand opening on Thursday. The facility includes many different water features, including the large bucket, shaded areas with parent benches, and a picnic area just outside the fence gate.

For more information visit clintontownship.com/432/Splash-Pad

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