By Adam Wolfe
Don’t break out the winter clothing yet, but for the first time since the spring weekend temperatures will be below triple digits for Labor Day weekend.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms through Friday, and a 10 percent chance of storms through Monday. The storm system could bring much needed rain to the region, as well as drop temperatures to a summer low for the weekend. Daily highs are expected to remain under 100 degrees until Sunday.
Thursday is projected to see a high of 99 degrees with gusting winds. There is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening, but according to the NWS, storm activity is not expected until after 2 p.m. The overnight low is expected to drop to 77 degrees.
Friday is projected to be the coolest day of the holiday weekend with a high of just 97 degrees. The wind is expected to be calm near 10 mph, but residents can expect to see rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. There is a 30 percent chance for the storms to last until Saturday morning.
Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 99 degrees. The wind is again expected to stay calm, and the majority of the storms are expected to have moved through. There is still a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, but they will likely be appearing as afternoon monsoons if they appear at all.
Sunday could see a return of the triple digits. The projected high is 101 degrees, but there is a 10 percent chance afternoon storms could roll in and cool things down a bit. For the most part, Sunday is expected to be a sunny day.
Residents looking to spend Labor Day outside should be in luck as the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies. The high is expected to reach 103 degrees, and the wind is currently projected to be relatively calm. There is a 10 percent chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms, but the majority of the day is expected to be clear.
A slight chance of thunderstorms and rain is currently projected for next week, but more information will be available as the new week approaches.