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Tahoe summer drawing to close

Andy Bourelle

Summer is coming to an end.

It’s already September, Labor Day is almost here, children are going back to school and, most significantly, temperatures are about to drop.

“September is a big transitional month,” said Jim Ashby, assistant climatologist for the Western Regional Climate Center in Stead, Nev. “From the beginning of the month to the end, there is a big change in temperature.”

Ashby said high temperatures in the last week – staying consistently in the upper-80s – are about 10 degrees warmer than normal. Average September high temperatures at Lake Tahoe likely will be in the mid-70s. The decrease will continue, and the average highs will be in the 60s in October.

With the end of summer, Lake Tahoe residents likely will notice the decrease in tourists.

Mike Weber, president and managing director of Camp Richardson and chairman of the board for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, said September typically has half the visitors of August. Until the snow falls, Tahoe tourism will be in an “in between” period.

However, the summer is not over yet. There is still this weekend.

“This should be a banner Labor Day weekend for Lake Tahoe,” he said.

According to the National Weather Service, the hot temperatures should break this weekend. However, rain also is predicted.

The high today is supposed to be 89; Friday, 87; Saturday, 83; and Sunday, 81. Isolated thunderstorms are expected each of those days.

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