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Goodbye, Summer: Autumn Weather Is Starting In 3, 2, 1...

By Kelly Bauer | August 30, 2017 1:34pm
 Friday marks the beginning of meteorological fall, meaning temperatures are starting to dip — and Labor Day weekend could be your last chance for a warm weather, summer hurrah.
Friday marks the beginning of meteorological fall, meaning temperatures are starting to dip — and Labor Day weekend could be your last chance for a warm weather, summer hurrah.
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DOWNTOWN — If it feels like the end of summer ... that's because it is.

Friday marks the beginning of meteorological fall, meaning temperatures are starting to dip — and Labor Day weekend could be your last chance for a warm weather, summer hurrah.

The normal high temperature for this time of year is 80 degrees, and that's just where Chicago was Wednesday, said Amy Seeley, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Labor Day weekend should be "beautiful," Seeley said, with temperatures sticking to the 70s and low 80s and no rain.

But temperatures do fall around this time, Seeley said. Normal high temperatures start around 80 degrees at the beginning of September and drop to about 70 degrees by the month's end. (This map is predicting Chicago's leaves will change color in just a few weeks.)

"I don't know if I'd classify this as autumn weather. That's all relative, though," Seeley said.

There already have been several days with temperatures in the low 70s, and Friday will see another drop, Seeley said. Warmer, 80-degree weather could return for periods of September.

The goods news is even if you're not a fan of the cold, September is at least drier than August. The first month of fall averages 3.2 inches of rain, while August normally sees about 4.9 inches.