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Things to know for Labor Day weekend

Kids are back in school. Football is starting up. Autumn is around the corner. Labor Day weekend is here. • Here are some things to know:


Though we're heading into September, it won't cool down in the Tampa Bay area for at least another six weeks. This weekend will be pretty typical for summer — highs in the 90s, a 40 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, and overnight lows in the mid 70s.

Travel and traffic

More people are expected to travel this weekend than any Labor Day since 2008, according to AAA. Nearly 30 million people will hit the road, about 1.5 million of them in Florida. That's a 2.6 percent increase compared with last year. If you're traveling through Tampa tonight, consider avoiding the area near Raymond James Stadium, as there is a University of South Florida football game.

Gas prices

One reason travel is expected to spike this year is gas prices. They're at their lowest for a Labor Day in four years.The average cost for regular gas in the Tampa Bay area was $3.288 Friday and is expected to be 22 cents cheaper this weekend than it was for the holiday last year.

Times staff

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Things to know for Labor Day weekend 08/29/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2014 9:47pm]
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