Chilly weekend giving way to sunshine Monday

Extensive clouds and unseasonably cool temperatures will give way to sunshine later Monday.

Northern Michigan is coming off one of the coolest July weekends ever in the books with improving weather later Monday into Tuesday.

It was a raw weekend for much of the area along with ample amounts of rain helping some places inch closer to normal for the summer. Curtis in Western Mackinac County picked up a healthy 5" of rain Friday in a 12 hour period leading to some localized flooding there. Nickel size hail was reported in Chippewa County along with a funnel cloud as severe thunderstorms rolled across Brimley Friday.

The weekend was chilly with a few rare peeks of sunshine, but low pressure spinning over the area kept the clouds around along with cool temperatures. While much of the Eastern U.P. and Northern Lower Michigan saw 60's both Saturday/Sunday, at Marquette, the high temperature Sunday only reached 52F which is only one degree off the all time coldest July day ever there.

Weather will improve with extensive cloudiness giving ground to increasing sunshine later Monday allowing temperatures to range in the 65-70F area. Clear skies Monday night will allow for patchy fog.

Tuesday is forecasted to remain dry with a nice showing of late July sunshine as temperatures warm back into the mid-70's.

The most likely time for rain this upcoming week will be Wednesday as a weak warm front will attempt to lift in bringing some rain then, with a cold front quickly on its heels Wednesday night/early Thursday bringing in a few thunderstorms.