Those planning to celebrate the Labor Day holiday this weekend may want to consider Saturday or Sunday for their barbecue instead of Monday.
Saturday will be the warmest day of the weekend, with a high of 88 degrees and a low of 58. After Saturday, temperatures will continuously drop throughout the weekend and into the following week.
“Saturday night, we have a cold front which comes through the area, and that will lead to gusty northwest winds for Sunday with high temperatures possibly in the mid to upper 70's,” said Jeff Schild, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck. “Chances for rain showers come Sunday night and remain throughout the day on Monday. It will actually be rather chilly with high temperatures in the 50's.”
Sunday will have a high of 76 and a low of 43. Monday will have a high of 55 degrees and a low of 32 degrees.
The chance of rain will increase after midnight Sunday night and into Monday, from 30% to 60%. Rain showers are likely on Labor Day with a 70% chance.
The weekend will be breezy, but winds will remain fairly steady throughout. Saturday, winds will blow south at 10 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 29 mph. Sunday, winds will blow northwest from 14 to 22 mph with gusts as high as 34 mph. On Monday, the wind will blow north at 10 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph.
“By Wednesday, it looks like we could climb back into the 60s and then possibly into the 70s to close out the week,” Schild said. “One thing we’ll have to watch for, though, is Monday night and Tuesday night, it looks like we could end up with some frost … Keep an eye on the latest forecast for the earliest part of the week.”
This kind of weather is not abnormal for the area in September, he said.