Green Country Forecast: Labor Day And Beyond

Sunday, September 4th 2016, 9:20 am
By: Stacia Knight

Labor Day Weekend is upon us and as far as the weather is concerned, we have lucked out. Now if we are referring to earthquakes, then we haven't fared so well. Focusing more on the positive, today's weather will be nice once again. 

Only changes between today and yesterday will be slightly higher temperatures and slightly stronger wind speeds. Highs today in the metro should reach to near 91. If you live to the east or north of the metro, you should be a notch or two cooler. 

Today's winds from the south southeast around 10 to 12 miles per hour will be able to move some small tree branches and extend a few flags. 

For Labor Day itself, the pattern of warming temperatures and stronger winds will continue. Folks that are paddling a raft down the Arkansas River in Tulsa's Great Raft Race will have to fight a south wind around 10 to 15 mph in the morning. By lunch time, wind speeds will increase to around 15-20 mph for the rest of the day. 

Even those heading to area lakes could see water becoming more choppy because of the higher winds and increased boaters. Highs on Labor Day will be in the mid 90s with maximum heat index values around 100. Make sure you stay hydrated and wear sunscreen. 

Moisture will continue to increase along with cloud cover as we head back to work on Tuesday. With dew points rising, our cool mornings will leave us for awhile. Morning lows will be back in the mid to upper 70s. Meanwhile, day time highs will remain in the mid 90s and afternoon heat indexes will be able to reach 100 or slightly higher. 

Chances for rain will remain slim for the first half of the work week. A few afternoon showers or storms will be more likely in southeastern Oklahoma over the higher terrain. 

By late in our work week  though, rain chances will be back for eastern Oklahoma. A cool front trying to move south looks to stall out before making it to our side of the state. This means we will be sitting out ahead of the front for a while, putting us in a position to have rain chances for a stretch of several days. 

Data from Sunday morning suggests the front will pass through on Saturday of next weekend. Don't bet  your last dollar on that though, cool fronts have a way of speeding up and slowing down on us. Of course, we'll keep you updated on any changes that we see to the forecast here at