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      A prolonged dry spell on the way

      While nothing too extreme, parts of Northern Michigan could use a little rain and the outlook is pretty meager for getting any over the next week or so.

      We do have a cold front that is dropping across the area and by later Monday evening will push into Southern Michigan. That front and a weak disturbance riding into the area later tonight will provide the only chances for rain through next weekend locally. Even with rain chances today/tonight, the rain will not be widespread with almost all chances for any south of highway M-32 in Lower Michigan.

      The further north you go, the more sunshine will be noted Monday with a beautiful/dry day across the U.P./Straits. Further south, clouds will increase but any rain Monday will be very spotty and be confined to locations south of a Manistee-Cadillac-Houghton Lake line. High temperatures will range from 72F at Newberry to 81F at Big Rapids.

      Showers are possible Monday night south of a Northport-Gaylord-Alpena line with dry weather north of there. Any showers will wind down early Tuesday with north winds pumping in drier/slightly cooler air with low/mid-70's for daytime highs Tuesday. The rest of the week high pressure will take up residence with sun filled days and comfortable clear nights for the most part. We will not see any rain until next Monday at the earliest.