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      Elevated fire danger but relief on the way

      Dry and unseasonably warm weather will hang on through Wednesday before a cold front brings in a few thunderstorms and some cooler temperatures.

      Once again Tuesday, we will carry over the string of beautiful sun filled and warm days we've experienced recently. While a few fair weather clouds may billow up in the afternoon, there will be no rain with temperatures ranging from the upper-70's right along the Lake Michigan shoreline to upper-80's in a few places inland across the Lower Peninsula.

      Fire danger is elevated and will remain that way through Wednesday due to gusty southwest winds along with some places going on nearly two weeks without a drop of rain. You add in temperatures well into the 80's and fire danger has ramped up and reached high levels.

      Many counties are not issuing burning permits until we get some rain.

      That rain appears to be on the horizon late Wednesday/Wednesday night as a cold front now up in the Canadian Prairies will dip southward. Thunderstorms will blow up along that boundary over Northern Wisconsin and West/Central Upper Michigan Wednesday afternoon and then progress into our viewing area mainly between 8 p.m. and midnight Wednesday evening.

      A few storms could maintain their strength and be on the stronger side, although widespread severe weather is not forecasted.

      Temperatures will dip into the 70's Thursday through Saturday with the heat reasserting itself next week as temps will climb back into the 80's.