Got big, outdoorsy plans for Labor Day weekend?
Pack a rain jacket.
Overcast skies will drift over most of Western Washington by late Friday, Aug. 29, and in our corner of the state, the clouds come with a 30 to 50 percent chance of showers for most of the three-day weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Odds of rain in Bellingham will peak on Saturday afternoon at around 50-50, or about 10 percent higher than the rest of the Puget Sound, according to the NWS. Daily highs should go down a couple notches, to the mid-60s.
It's something of a change of pace around here, after about two weeks of hardly a drop of rain and high temperatures mostly in the 70s.
Kids packed the Birch Bay Waterslides on Tuesday, taking advantage of temperatures in the mid-80s. Wednesday's high should be in the mid-70s, making another good day for the slides, which have their last day of the season on Labor Day.
Near-perfect summers are a closely guarded secret in the Pacific Northwest, and so far we've had a fairly standard August, at least when it comes to rain. Two-thirds of an inch, to date, has been measured at Bellingham International Airport's weather station. With the coming weekend's forecast, we could come close to the monthly average of 0.94 inch.
If you're searching for the nearest surefire sunny weather this weekend, look east of the Cascades. Or you could wait until next Tuesday, when the forecast calls for clearer skies - just in time for the end of the long weekend.