WBEZ | labor day http://www.wbez.org/tags/labor-day Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Labor Day 2011 among the coolest on record http://www.wbez.org/story/labor-day-2011-among-coolest-record-91521 <p><div><p>Monday marked one of the coolest Labor Days on record for the Chicago area, with temperatures topping out only in the mid-60s. Normally, the high for September 5 is 79 degrees Fahrenheit, says meteorologist Richard Castro with the National Weather Service's Chicago office.<br> <br> "There's a large area of very cool high pressure that developed over the northern plains and southern Canada that has pushed toward the South, and we had a strong cold front come through the area on Saturday night into yesterday morning," said Castro. That, along with persistent and occasionally gusting winds have made for a relatively cool start to September.<br> <br> "We had a high of 65 degrees in 2003," said Castro, "and that looks like the most recent occurrence of that right around the Labor Day holiday."<br> <br> Castro warns that temperatures in the far northern and far western suburbs may dip into the 40s tonight, temperatures more usually seen in October. But he says Chicagoans will have a few more beach-worthy days yet this year.<br> <br> "It'll feel a lot better out there by tomorrow and especially Wednesday," said Castro.</p><p>Temperatures are expected to get back into the mid-to-upper 70s later in the week. &nbsp;</p><p>The coldest Labor Day on record for the city of Chicago was 61 degrees in 1974.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div></p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 17:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/labor-day-2011-among-coolest-record-91521