Ocean City Today

Rainy start to Labor Day holiday weekend expected

By Brian Gilliland | Aug 31, 2017

(Sept. 1, 2017) As the traditional end to the summer season nears this weekend, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey may dampen the Labor Day holiday, albeit temporarily.

Ava Marie, WBAL TV’s morning meteorologist said the remaining low pressure system spawned by Harvey could bring showers to the resort Friday night into Saturday.

She said the resort might get a couple of inches of rain at the most.

By Sunday, the weather is expected to clear up, “so you’ll still have time to enjoy the beach for the rest of the holiday,” she said.

Temperatures are projected to reach the upper 70s on Sunday and Monday afternoons.

This uncertainty has shown up in hotel bookings, with the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association’s Tourism Coordinator, Jayne Sawyer, reporting only about one third of the association’s 150 hotel or motel members being sold out, though many others are approaching full booking.

Several members, Sawyer said, require two-night stays, and as weather models can change up until the last minute, she said it’s no surprise that people trying to grab that last little bit of summer want to do so when they’re certain they can get some beach time in.

To find that last-minute booking, HMRA Executive Director Susan Jones said the best bet is to go directly to the web site of the hotel or motel itself.

“We do not recommend going through third party booking engines to book reservations, as sometimes reservations channels can get mixed up. So, it’s important that folks pay attention to web addresses,” Jones said.

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