Labor Day Weather Extremes

Posted at 4:22 PM, Sep 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-02 16:22:30-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Happy Labor Day! Mother nature delivered a fair amount of cloud cover across the area today, but temperatures were certainly comfortable and most of the humidity was gone after a cold front blew through the state on Sunday.

78 is the average/normal high for this time of year. Most locations never made the low/mid 70s. Ever wonder what the Labor Day weather extremes were here in West Michigan? Lets share the numbers.

Remember Labor Day itself is a floating holiday. It doesn’t always occur on the same date. That said, the hottest Labor Day in Grand Rapids was 97 degrees. It occurred in 1954. The second warmest was 96 back in 1913.

The coldest Labor Day occurred in 1974 with a high of just 53 degrees. Talk about a harsh goodbye to summer and an early fall! The second coolest  was 60 degrees in 1988.

The wettest Labor Day occurred in 1987 when 1.6 inches of rain fell. The second wettest was in 1942 with 1.4 inches. Get the extended outlook on temperatures and precipitation here at the Climate Prediction Center.

Most of this week (as the kids head back to school) will be dry. We bring in a few thunderstorm chances for the upcoming weekend. Get the complete forecast by going to