Labor Day holiday forecast: Seasonable temperatures, rain chances across much of U.S.

August 30, 2018

The long Labor Day weekend marks the traditional end summer vacation season, so make the most of it. Whether you’re taking a trip or having a backyard barbecue, weather is key.


A father and daughter enjoy a kayak trip in NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Be sure to check the weather forecast before venturing out on the water, wherever you might be.

Here's the latest summary of our national forecast

  • Recent above normal temperatures and humid weather in the U.S. Northeast will take a break for the early part of the weekend when more seasonable temperatures prevail, but by the end of the weekend above-normal temps are forecast to make a return and last through midweek.

  • Scattered rain showers are possible across much of the eastern half of the country, while dry conditions that have fueled ongoing wildfires will persist in the West.

  • The greatest chances for rainfall exist in the Midwest, where heavy rain this weekend — coupled with recent rainfall in the region — could result in flash flood development for parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Illinois. Wet weather is also likely for states along the Gulf Coast.

  • As the weekend draws to a close, the northern Rockies begin to cool, while temperatures in the Southern California desert and Arizona will continue to soar into next week.

Stay cool, stay safe

We wish you all a fun and relaxing Labor Day!