Labor Day forecast: Rainy, milder temps

Labor Day Weekend revelers will enjoy bright skies and pleasant temperatures — though maybe not both on the same day.

Friday is expected to be clear and sunny with a high of 95, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures should cool to the low 80s for Saturday and Sunday, but storms could spoil any lakeside fun.

Rain first becomes a possibility Friday night and becomes likelier on Saturday and Sunday. The showers could linger into Labor Day itself, which is expected to be cloudy with temperatures in the mid 80s.

The heaviest line of storms should be south of Interstate 80, said National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley. Areas north of the interstate will likely see .25-1.25 inches of rain, with lower numbers farther north. Seeley said the timing of the rain remains variable.

“The storm is moving really slow,” she said. “Things could still change.”

But if the forecast holds, this will be Chicago’s second consecutive wet weekend, a rarity in a summer marked by drought and parched plants. Last Sunday, Midway International Airport recorded three inches of rain as showers flooded parts of Lake Shore Drive.

mitsmith@tribune.com