Weather forecast on Labor Day weekend: more of the same

Wondering what the weather’s going to be like for Labor Day weekend?

You’re getting a sneak preview today — and all this week.

“It’s looking like there’s no pattern change,” said Scott Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. “This is kind of locked in.”

It’s so locked in that Wichita is unlikely to receive any more precipitation for the rest of the month. That’s “a blessing,” Smith said, because the region is still drying out from the nearly 18 1/2 inches of rain that fell over a nearly five-week period spanning July and August.

Wichita and the surrounding area can expect plenty of sunshine and highs in the upper 80s to low to mid-90s through Labor Day weekend, before chances for showers and thunderstorms return the first week of September.

What’s happening is not really unusual, Smith and others said. The dome of high pressure that commonly sets up over the nation’s heartland in July and early August has arrived later than usual this year.

Because it’s later in the season and the sun’s lower in the sky, Smith said, highs are in the low 90s and not dancing in the triple digits.

The lengthy dry spell might reignite fears of the drought returning, but AccuWeather senior vice president Mike Smith said showers and thunderstorms could roll into the region as soon as Labor Day evening.

And as more autumnal weather patterns arrive, Scott Smith said, they will bring chances for moisture on a pretty consistent basis.

Even after more than a week of dry weather, Wichita is more than 8 inches above normal for precipitation in August.

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