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Labor Day Outlook

UPDATED 5 AM EDT, September 2, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A cold front swinging through the U.S. Midsection will bring widespread showers and thunderstorms to much of the East for Labor Day. In its wake, drier and cooler air will funnel in and provide a refreshing holiday for the Heartland.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Katie Ferrier has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

The front will edge into the eastern U.S. today, squeezing out a fully bounty of heavy downpours and a few strong thunderstorms from Florida all the way to Maine. Unfortunately, its afternoon timing may require an indoor alternative for any barbecues and picnics.

Residents in the southern Plains eastward to the Tennessee and Ohio valleys won't escape the rain either, as showers and thunderstorms cover much of the region from Texas to Ohio. The chance for rain will start to diminish as the day turns into evening for the Mid-Mississippi Valley.

In the central Plains and Upper Midwest, a large area of Canadian high pressure will build in behind the front, bringing sunshine from the Dakotas to Kansas, and eastward into Minnesota.

Meanwhile, showers and a few thunderstorms will pepper residents across the Northwest, Mountain West, Desert Southwest, and Rocky Front Range. Although they will be hit-or-miss, a few of the thunderstorms could ruin hiking trips across the Rockies and Wasatch Range.

Today`s temperatures will feel very much like the beginning of September. Highs will reach the 70s and 80s in the Northeast, with 90s in the Southeast and along the western High Plains. In stark contrast, the Great Lakes won`t even get out of the 60s. Warm air surging northward ahead of the Pacific storm will allow temperatures to reach the 80s and 90s in the West, although the mountains will be limited to the 60s and 70s.

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