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

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.
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. (Claire Fackler/NOAA Sanctuaries)

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!