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      Dog days of summer have arrived

      The proverbial "dog days of summer" are upon us with hot and humid weather giving way to the potential for severe weather later in the week.

      A large dome of high pressure is locked in place over the Great Lakes region leading to very toasty conditions for those under its influence including Northern Michigan.

      Temperatures will shoot well into the 80's with some spots reaching the low-90's Monday all the way through Thursday before the heat starts to break late in the week. Dewpoint temperatures will also climb close to if not over the 70F mark which is indicative of a tropical like airmass. Those factors combined will lead to heat indices reaching the mid/upper-90's or even 100F (what it feels like). Those who work outdoors especially need to remain hydrated as this combination of heat/humidity take a toll on the body.

      There are very minimal chances Monday through Wednesday for a stray thunderstorm. If that does happen, it would develop along lake breezes that push inland from the Great Lakes.

      A cold front will drop in later Thursday into Friday. There are concerns and some signs that this boundary may bring an episode or two of strong or severe thunderstorms to Northern Michigan later this week and that is certainly something we are watching closely. Significantly cooler and less humid air sweeps in next weekend with highs in the 70's.