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      Quick sample of fall Tuesday

      We hit the midpoint of July with the weather more like late September/early October.

      It will certainly feel like a lot like fall with daytime highs Tuesday about as chilly as they get in the afternoon hours of mid-July with a few spots Tuesday perhaps breaking record cold daytime highs which are in the mid-50's/low-60's for most of Northern Michigan. To compound matters, there will be a chilly rain falling at times with ample cloudiness Tuesday.

      This is all being set up by an unseasonably deep trough of cool air which will drop across the area Monday night and sit right over the heart of Northern Michigan Tuesday.

      Before that arrives, light hit/miss showers will develop Monday afternoon/evening primarily along/east of highway US-131 in the Lower Peninsula and also across parts of the Eastern U.P. A rumble of thunder could also occur as colder air moves in aloft allowing any daytime heating to produce rising air and showers/possible thunderstorm. High temperatures, while still below normal will not be all that bad with a range from 65F at Newberry to 77F at Big Rapids.

      As noted above, temperatures Tuesday will come in at least 20 degrees below normal with clouds and a more widespread rain developing late Monday night and a good portion of Tuesday certainly making it look/feel like autumn.

      It will be short lived though as this will start lifting out of the area Wednesday taking with it the clouds/showers leading to a return of sunshine Wednesday into the start of next weekend. Temperatures will also climb getting back into the low-70's Thursday and well into the 70's by the weekend.

      Here are the record low high temperatures for Tuesday:Sault Ste. Marie- 59F on July 15th 2007Cheboygan- 65F on July 15th 1987Gaylord- 63F on July 15th 1963Traverse City- 54F on July 15th 1926Big Rapids- 62F on July 15th 1987