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Near record warmth sweeps in late this week through the weekend

Courtesy: Catherine Rygwelski/GaylordSome afternoon sunshine Tuesday but the bigger story is near if not record warmth as we enter fall.

A quiet start to Tuesday across Northern Michigan with just a few early day showers across the Eastern U.P. The bigger story in weather is a substantial warming trend late this week into next weekend with some spots getting close to record high temperatures.

Tuesday will start with clouds, but the sky will clear thru the day. Wind 5-15 mph. High temperatures will range from 68 to 78 degrees around northern Michigan. Skies will start clear but eventually low clouds/fog will drift in from the east Tuesday night setting up a cloudy start to Wednesday.

Those clouds will slowly lift out Wednesday with a morning sprinkle possible. Eventually though skies will clear with some afternoon sun expected. Temperatures Wednesday from 76-82F.

A weakening cold front will stall out over the area Thursday setting up the "best" chance for a few scattered showers/thunderstorms (mainly in the Lower Peninsula) Thursday afternoon/evening.

After that, warmer weather will flood into the area on a southwest wind Friday through the upcoming weekend with record high temperatures possible. We expect mid/upper-80's Friday which is the start of fall. Those 80's will carry over into the weekend along with dry weather and a good deal of sunshine. In fact, a few places could make a run close to if not up to 90F. There are some signs of cooler weather working back in by the middle of next week.

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