GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Labor Day weekend typically signifies the last hurrah of summer and like most three-day forecasts in Michigan, we will have a variety of weather.
We will probably improve on last year’s Labor Day weekend, which was warm but had abundant cloud cover and measurable rain each day.
Forecast models have slowed our rain chances down this weekend, which means most of Saturday will be dry. Partly cloudy conditions will prevail for much of the day, and temperatures will be in the low to mid 70s. It will be a good day to get outside.
By late Saturday night, we’ll start to see the rain moving in. The southern half of the Lower Peninsula will have the best chance of seeing some showers.
Moderate and possibly even some heavy rain will be possible into Sunday morning. The rest of Sunday is looking mainly cloudy, and a few isolated showers could linger into the afternoon. Highs on Sunday will be in the low 70s.
Warmer weather will return by Monday. Highs will climb into the upper 70s. There will be a small chance of an isolated shower or two throughout the day, but the vast majority of West Michigan will stay dry.
The wave heights will calm down from earlier in the week. Waves of a foot or less on Lake Michigan will produce safe boating and swimming conditions through the weekend.
One more interesting thing to note is that there will be a chance of seeing the Northern Lights this weekend. The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a G1 (minor) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Saturday night into Sunday morning, and a G2 (moderate) Geomagnetic Storm Watch for Sunday night into Monday morning. West Michigan will have a better chance of seeing the Northern Lights Sunday night into Monday morning since skies will be clearer and the lights will be visible farther to the south. If you want to try your luck at seeing the Aurora, head to a dark place away from light pollution and look north.
Make sure you stay updated with Storm Team 8 with any forecast changes and the latest on how Tropical Storm Dorian may impact the U.S. later during the holiday weekend.