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As Metro Detroiters say "so long" to summer this Labor Day weekend, they can expect temperatures to cool off a bit as well as a chance of rain Monday.

"It's looking like the weather is going to be pretty good for the weekend," said Jordan Dale, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

Dale said after Friday's cooler temperatures, with its high of 66, temperatures will warm up heading into Saturday and Sunday. The thermometer should reach into the 70s Saturday and near 80 on Sunday and Labor Day, he said.

 

"It should be partly cloudy through that period, and we might have some clouds on Saturday that push up from the south from the remnants of (Tropical storm) Harvey," Dale said. "But we're not expecting any rain as that passes to our south."

He said the only other shot at rain in the forecast is on Monday. "Right now, that looks like it could be some scattered showers and thunderstorms," Dale said.

AAA Michigan said Wednesday it estimates more than one million Michiganians are expected to travel over the Labor Day weekend. The insurance company said the holiday is traditionally the third-most traveled holiday of the summer season.

"Relatively moderate gas prices combined with a favorable weather forecast offer the perfect formula to make the most of this final summer holiday in the Great Lakes State,” Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director for AAA-The Auto Club, said in a statement.

She said Michigan motorists can expect gas prices over the holiday to be slightly higher than last year, which was about $2.27 per gallon. Hurricane Harvey remains a wild card: Prices jumped at least 10 cents a gallon in 24 hours in Texas, Ohio, Georgia and the Mid-Atlantic states,  AAA reported Friday.

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Extended forecast

Saturday:Mostly cloudy conditions, 30 percent chance of light showers during the day. Highs in the upper 60s with east winds at 5 to 15 mph

Sunday: Partly cloudy conditions and highs in the upper 70s.  West winds increasing 10-20 mph in the afternoon

Labor Day: Mostly sunny with a high near 80 degrees and a 30 percent chance of showers. The low could drop to about 58 degrees

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 72 degrees and a chance of showers.

Source: National Weather Service

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