Labor Day weekend forecast: Hot and dry in the West, cool and some rain in the East

Remnants of #Harvey traveling eastward, then offshore Sunday

As you try to make the most out of the last weekend of the summer vacation season, keep your eyes on the weather.

If you're going camping this weekend, be sure to check your local forecast at

If you're going camping this weekend, be sure to check your local forecast at (Image credit: istock)

The holiday weekend will have cool and stormy weather at times in the East, while much of the West will remain dry with record-breaking heat. Here’s the national forecast, with some highlights below:

A weakened Harvey is on the move

The remnants of Harvey will travel through parts of the Ohio Valley, bringing heavy rain over western Tennessee and western Kentucky through Saturday morning. The tropical system will continue its eastward trek, dampening the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas on Saturday and then moving northeast and offshore Sunday.

Cooler temps, showers for parts of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic; isolated storms for the Gulf Coast

It will feel like fall at the start of the weekend from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic after a strong cold front passed through the region. Showers and thunderstorms will move across the Great Lakes on Monday into Tuesday. Typical summertime isolated thunderstorms in Gulf Coast over the weekend.

Hot, hot, hot for the West, with isolated showers in mountain areas

Across the western U.S., very hot weather is expected for interior portions of California and extending northward into Oregon with highs well into the 90s and 100s for the lower elevations. Isolated to scattered showers are expected each afternoon across the intermountain West. Dry, hot and breezy weather will keep the risk for wildfires elevated and might fuel active wildfires in the region.  

Beachgoers, please be on alert

There is an elevated threat of rip currents for the Great Lakes, Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic beaches. Before you hit the surf, please memorize these tips on how to survive a rip current. Most important: Swim only in areas monitored by lifeguards.

Stay informed about local weather conditions

Wherever you’ll be this holiday weekend, find your local forecast with just a Zip Code at, and on your phone or tablet. And: Don’t forget to follow your local NOAA National Weather Service forecast office on social media.


On a final note, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone being affected by Harvey. Thank you to all the first responders; thousands of volunteers; and staff from federal, state and local agencies who are working to help those in need this holiday weekend, and beyond.

We wish you all a peaceful Labor Day.