Increased showers and thunderstorms carry us into the Labor Day weekend. We have isolated showers today but in the days to come, we get more pop up afternoon thunderstorms. Temperatures stay steady and winds stay light. Tonight has calm wind and moderate humidity. Expect just a few showers, with lows in the lower 70s.
Highs remain in the lower 90s but we’ll see afternoon thunderstorms return tomorrow to cover a quarter or a third of the area. Over the weekend, shower and thunderstorm coverage increases to between 30% to 40%. Days will otherwise be partly cloudy.
The Gulf and Caribbean are quiet. Tropical Storm Fred is moving into the central Atlantic where it will fade. Today is the 80th anniversary of the Category 5 hurricane in the Florida keys known as the Labor Day Hurricane. It was a small but powerful system with 185 mph wind at landfall, killing between 400 and 600 people. The Labor Day hurricane was one of only three Category 5 hurricanes at landfall in the United States’ history (in the last 200 years).