Labor Day explained: Depressing and violent origin
Labor Day has a deeper meaning than an end to summer and marks a pivotal moment in U.S. labor history, including a violent start.
For many, Labor Day weekend signals the end of vacation season. And although COVID-19 has put a damper on major travel, that doesn’t mean families won’t be hitting the roads and taking advantage of nearby travel destinations.
That means that highway traffic jams were expected to start Friday evening and end Monday afternoon.
And while chances of rain were expected to simmer by the weekend, experts were advising people to be cautious of over-100-degree weather that was expected to hit Arizona.
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Here’s the latest for this three-day weekend:
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Friday afternoon will bring calm winds and a high of about 101 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
The Valley can expect to start “drying out” over the weekend after this week’s series of showers, according to meteorologist Matthew Hirsch with National Weather Service in Phoenix.
With rain chances staying below 10% each day, the odds of rain putting a damper on the festivities are looking slim.
By noon, Phoenix will hit 95 degrees and cool down to about 90 degrees by 10 p.m. Friday night will have partly cloudy skies with a low around 81 degrees.
The Mesa area will be sunny during the day with a high of 99 degrees and a low of about 77 degrees Friday night.
Scottsdale will be at about 93 degrees by noon and is expected to hit 90 degrees around 8 p.m. Friday.
The Tempe area will also be sunny with a high around 101 degrees on Friday. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90s to upper 80s in Tempe Friday night.
— Salma Reyes