Another day of record temperatures Monday, big cool down on Wednesday
It feels like a broken record, but Sunday has been another day of record breaking warmth, with many locations reaching the lower 90s on Saturday - the fourth day in a row where at least some locations in northern Michigan has reached the 90 degree mark. As like the previous few days in this abnormal warm stretch, Sunday has featured a large dome of high pressure over the Great Lakes and a consistent southerly flow to boost temperatures into record territory. For Sunday night, a touch cooler than the last few, but still warm for late September standards - ranging from the upper 50s to the mid 60s.
Monday will feature yet another unseasonable hot day across the Great Lakes, with record temperatures likely to be broken again in many spots. Skies will generally be mostly sunny with winds out of the south, setting up for a hot, humid, abnormal late September day.
**Record Temperatures for September 25th (Monday)
City/Record (Year)/Forecasted High Temperature
Traverse City: 89° (1908)/90°
Gaylord: 76° (1958)/86°
Sault Ste Marie: 83° (1908)/86°
Houghton Lake: 91° (1920)/87°
Alpena: 85° (1935)/89°
Clouds gradually increase on Tuesday, with scattered rain showers accompanying later in the evening/overnight and throughout Wednesday. The next chance of rain is associated with a strong cold front that will flip the switch on our current summer-like conditions. Temperatures Wednesday through the end of the week will only reach the upper 50s/lower 60s - a little below normal for the last few days of September. Another shot of cooler air arrives next Friday, possibly setting off some lake enhanced rain showers throughout the day.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen