Holiday weekend may be damp

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Big outdoor plans for Labor Day weekend? Be sure to bring a raincoat and lots of patience.

Temperatures will stay warm, at least, but weather through Monday looks like intermittent showers and thunderstorms, with a few breaks in the clouds for some sunshine on Sunday afternoon.

The weekend won't be a total washout, just hit or miss, said meteorologist Bob Coblentz.

"The campers aren't going to be happy," said Mr. Coblentz from the National Weather Service offices in Moon. "I wasn't happy I had to work this weekend, but now I don't mind that much -- the alternative is camping."

After a warm overnight, today is "when the fun begins," Mr. Coblentz said. Showers are expected throughout the day, with a 60 percent chance of precipitation and thunderstorms likely arriving after 2 p.m., he said. Temperatures should reach 84 degrees.

The chance of rain tapers to 40 percent by evening, with the low expected to hover at a muggy 69 degrees.

The probability of rainfall will remain 40 percent on Sunday, with "a little bit more sun and some breaks in the clouds," alongside scattered showers and thunderstorms into the evening, Mr. Coblentz said. The high will reach into the mid-80s, followed by a low of about 69, Mr. Coblentz said.

Monday is more of the same -- but mostly more rain, not more sunshine. Showers and thunderstorms are likely throughout the region as the cold front moves through the region at last, ushering in several lovely days of dry, sunny conditions and temperatures in the mid-70s.

But that won't really start to happen until Tuesday.

"The front moves through, we dry out and that's it," Mr. Coblentz said. "We're in the wrong place by about 72 hours."

If the weather cooperates, there will be plenty to do this holiday weekend.

The annual Coors Light Kickoff and Rib Festival is under way and runs through Monday at Heinz Field.

It features rib vendors, rides and free concerts by The Clarks, country stars Justin Moore and Montgomery Gentry, and lots of other acts.

Admission is free to the public and there is free bike parking on Reedsdale Street, except on Monday.

The festival hours are 9 a.m. to midnight today; noon to midnight Sunday; and noon to the end of the University of Pittsburgh football game Monday.

On Sunday, several bands will take the stage at Hartwood Acres for the 14th annual Allegheny County Music Festival.

The suggested donation is $20 per car to benefit the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund. The fund finances requests from children and youth receiving services through the county's Department of Human Services or Allegheny County Juvenile Probation for life-enriching items and opportunities not otherwise available through traditional government funding.

And on Monday the city will host its annual Labor Day Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Centre Avenue and Crawford Street, Uptown, near the Consol Energy Center.

Its route will follow Centre Avenue, Sixth Avenue, Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies before ending on Commonwealth Place, Downtown. Traffic will be restricted around the parade route.

weather - region - holidays

Amy McConnell Schaarsmith: aschaarsmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1719.


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