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Labor Day Weekend Forecast: Awash in Sunshine or Just Washed Out?

28 Aug 2014, 10:25 pm

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The end of the summer is upon us and the last hurrah of the season is usually marked by Labor Day weekend. Millions of people will be making their dutiful migration of the beach, attending much anticipated college football games or simply kicking back in the backyard with a gill full of hot coals and a cold one. But, will rain washout your outdoor plans? Below is a day-by-day forecast of what you can expect over the holiday weekend.

Saturday

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Saturday will be yet again another nice day in the Northeast with high pressure still firmly in control. Highs will be pretty pleasant, albeit a bit warmer. Expect upper 60s in Maine and near 80 degrees in New York. D.C. will also be warmer, expect highs to top out in the mid-80s, while Nashville and Raleigh creep up on the 90 degree mark. The Southeast will also have a decent chance at some showers and thunderstorms as well, especially in parts of Alabama and Georgia. For those of you going to college football games in these areas, you might want to take a poncho with you to the game.

Hot temperatures will once again have a firm grip on the Lone Star State; highs in Dallas and points south will be in the mid-90s. Scattered showers are also possible in east Texas. Expect the heat and humidity to continue for much of the Southern Plains and even on into the Central Plains. Highs will range from the upper 80s in Kansas City to the lower 80s in the Twin Cities. A few isolated showers are not out of the question in Milwaukee either. Further west, a weak cold front will push through the Intermountain West, but with little moisture to interact with, don’t expect much in the way of rainfall. Afternoon highs will top out in the 80s in Denver, but further north expect highs in the mid-70s. Phoenix will be blazing as highs push well north of the century mark. Not bad on the West Coast with upper 60s to low 70s from Seattle to San Francisco.

Sunday

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Expect warmer and wetter conditions in the Northeast as a fast-moving upper-level low skirts the area. Highs will range from near 80 in northern New England to the upper 80s on NYC and Philadelphia. Once again it will hot in the Deep South and Mid-Atlantic, temperatures in the afternoon will rise into the upper 80s and lower 90s. Still hot in Texas and Louisiana with highs ranging from the low to mid-90s. The Central Plains will stay toasty as well, as high temperatures reach into the upper 80s from much of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. A bit further north, the Twin Cities could get a good dousing later in the day, but expect highs in the lower 80s from there to Chicago. Out west, high pressure will continue to dominate weather patterns and rain chances will be limited. Most of the region will be mild – from the low 70s to low 80s – with the exception of the Desert Southwest where highs will stay in the mid-100s.

Labor Day

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Expect another warm, partly sunny day on tap for New England as highs reach into upper 70s to mid-80s. A few isolated showers and thunderstorms can’t be totally ruled out either. For the Mid-Atlantic,look for highs in the lower 90s from D.C. to Nashville and Charlotte. A few summer-like thunderstorms are possible too, but a weak ridge of high pressure will help to slightly inhibit shower development. In the Deep South, expect muggy and hot conditions, with low 90s being the norm. Texas, and much of the Southern Plains for that matter, will be in the mid to upper 90s. But a cold front will help to keep the Central Plains a bit cooler, mid-70s to low 80s will be the norm, That front could also aid in firing off a few showers and thunderstorms in region as well. From the Front Range westward, expect highs in the low 70s to low 80s and mostly sunny skies. High pressure in the region will lead to a spectacular day!

Have a great holiday weekend!

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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