Labor Day Holiday Weekend Outlook

September 2, 2022 // Article by: Kaitlyn Kelly

Labor Day Weekend is looking to kick off in a quiet manner, though the risk for showers and storms will begin to increase for the latter half of the weekend and for Labor Day itself. While rain is much needed across the Northeast and New England, this may impact potential outdoor plans for the holiday. Let’s jump into the details !!


This looks like the only day over the holiday weekend that remains fully dry. High pressure will remain in control across the region, but will begin to slide eastward into the Atlantic towards the end of the day. This will result in a mix of sun and clouds along with temperatures in the upper 70's and 80’s across the much of the Northeast.  Here is a look at forecasted temperatures for 2 PM Saturday. Overall, a beautiful day is on tap !!

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Sunday looks to start off on a dry note, but behind the departing high pressure, a cold front will swing towards the region by the late afternoon hours. Most shower and storm activity likely holds off until after 2 - 4 PM and should be more isolated to scattered in nature.  This will allow for at least some opportunity for outdoor plans in the morning to early afternoon. This risk for showers and storms exists for much of the I-95 corridor, though some may remain drier than not until the evening hours in southern New Jersey and down towards the Delmarva peninsula. Rain coverage increases the further into the evening you go and continues into Sunday night. Strong to severe weather looks to be a low risk, but a few downpours may be possible within storm activity that could result in isolated pockets of poor drainage flooding. Below is an example of the potential coverage between 2 PM and 8 PM on Sunday.

Courtesy of TropicalTidbits

Courtesy of TropicalTidbits

Monday/Labor Day:

Monday will likely be the wettest day of the holiday weekend, with the focus for activity likely settling near to where the cold front stalls. This is currently trending to be near and along the I-95 corridor including much of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, and down into the DMV. However, unlike Sunday, shower and storm activity looks to be around through a good portion of the day before exiting Monday night.  Unfortunately, this will likely put a damper on any outdoor plans for Labor Day itself. Similar to Sunday, strong to severe weather is looking to be a rather low risk, but pockets of poor drainage flooding cannot be ruled out through the day. Here's a look at what coverage is forecast look like at 2 PM Monday.

Courtesy of TropicalTidbits

All in all, a quiet start to Labor Day Weekend will give way to a more active end, especially on Labor Day itself, with Sunday's risk for rain mainly holding until late afternoon. Drier weather tries to return after Monday as high pressure approaches the region, though a few showers and storms can't be ruled out on Tuesday. Have a great holiday weekend everyone, stay safe, and don't forget to check us out on social media !!