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Tim Wiederaenders: Summer is here, just not the weather — yet

By Tim Wiederaenders Guest ColumnistMay 26, 2019

Nearly 43 million Americans have started their summers with a Memorial Day weekend getaway this year, AAA News reports.

But will the weather cooperate?

This long holiday weekend, marking the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking holiday travel numbers dating back to 2000 – trailing only the bar set in 2005.

Overall, an additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a 3.6% increase.

The surprise appears to be that despite a rising national gas price average, which is inching closer to the $3 per gallon mark (Arizona’s current average is $3.143, go figure!), the vast majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations. A caveat for them is that travel delays on major roads could be more than three times longer than normal during evening commutes, said INRIX, a global transportation analytics company.

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