Cooler weather on tap this Labor Day Weekend

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Slightly below normal temperatures are in store for West Virginia this Labor Day Weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“We are going to see those humidity values drop way off and we’re going to see our temperatures, also, actually be slightly below normal for the next couple days,” said NWS Meteorologist Mike Kistner.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the low to mid-80s from Thursday through Sunday, Kistner said, following a week of triple digit heat index values resulting in heat advisories throughout the state.

“Heat indexes were very close to about 100 degrees,” he said. “The heat index is how it actually feels when you take into account the humidity as well.”

Kistner said a cold front was pushing through the region Thursday, but the heat and humidity will start to increase again by Monday.

Labor Day is the so-called official end of summer, but Kistner said we could still see hot temperatures after the holiday.

“We could start to climb back up to near 90 degrees,” he said. “It is a transition period as we end the summer months here. We generally see stretches where it could still get pretty hot.”

This past August was the 7th warmest August on record in Charleston, Kistner said. The record dates back to the early 1900s. Near average rain was reported for this summer.

Meteorologists are predicting above normal temperatures for the fall season.