MAINE, USA — Each summer gets three holiday weekends, where people expect to sit outside and enjoy the weather. So far, mother nature has not cooperated in the slightest. The last of the three for 2021 has arrived. Will Labor Day weekend follow suit with the other holidays this summer?
Labor Day weekend is sometimes referred to as the colloquial end of summer. School starts back up, the days are getting shorter, and I-95 north is less busy on Friday afternoons.
This year, it will end up as the most summer-like out of the Memorial Day-Independence Day-Labor Day trio.
The bar, of course, is very low. Memorial Day and the Fourth of July were marked by washouts and impressively cool temperatures.
Memorial Day weekend in particular was pretty rough, if you wanted to spend your day around a grill.
The high temperatures through the weekend never even broke 60 degrees officially.
Normally, the days would be near 70!
Rain fell each day, including Memorial Day, and totaled up to around an inch and a half or so.
Everyone shrugged it off and thought, "July 4th is a month or so out. We'll just wait until then!"
June treated us well, with quite a bit of sunshine and a lot of warm days.
This did not last, of course, because Independence Day was marked with a deluge and cool days. Rain totals through the holiday weekend easily topped an inch for most.
Normally, high temperatures would near 80 degrees. Not this year, though!
Most topped out on July 4th in the 50s and 60s.
Christmas Day in 2020 was actually warmer in Bangor than July 4th. On Christmas Day, Bangor topped out at an impressive 61 degrees.
For Independence Day, the high was only 58.
This stat is really impressive in its own right, but it's uncanny that both record days (warm and cold) occurred on holidays themselves.
So, what does this leave for Labor Day?
Saturday will be the nicest day. Expect full sunshine and highs in the 70s south, 60s north.
Sunday will be the second nicest day. Clouds will increase as a warm front approaches, eventually bringing some showers in the evening.
These will likely last into Monday morning.
Monday afternoon looks warm, with most in the 70s, and a bit sticky.
A cold front in the afternoon could bring a round of storms through before clearing the air back out for Tuesday.
Like I said earlier - this is not the nicest Labor Day weekend on record, but it certainly beats out the other two holidays this summer.
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