Record warmth Friday, continuing into the weekend
The warmest day of the year will arrive just in time... on the first day of fall! Unseasonable warmth, mugginess, and a good amount of sunshine will continue to encompass northern Michigan through the weekend and into early next week.
Friday, the first day of fall, will feel more like the middle of July. Temperatures will cruise into the 80s, with a few spots likely to reach the lower 90s - a fair amount of record high temperatures will be broken. Besides the hot temperatures, it will be another muggy day, and the heat index will reach the low to middle 90s. An extremely warm, humid, and mostly sunny Friday - make sure to keep hydrated if heading outside.
**Record Temperatures for September 22nd (Friday)
City/Record (Year)/Forecasted High Temperature
Traverse City: 90° (1908)/92°
Gaylord: 83° (2004)/89°
Sault Ste Marie: 85° (1920)/86°
Houghton Lake: 89° (1941)/90°
Alpena: 87° (1941)/90°
Friday evening, for high school football, will continue to be warm and muggy. Temperatures in the 80s to start the game, falling into the 70s by the 4th quarter. Overnight, low temps will only fall into the 60s, with a lot of mugginess in the air. The air conditioning will be cherished tonight. Only thing to note, some patchy fog is likely late in the overnight.
Warm weather and near full sunshine continues into the weekend. Highs both Saturday and Sunday will be in the 80s (some lower 90s on Saturday), about 15-20 degrees above average for the later part of September. More record temperatures are likely, especially on Saturday.
Even into next week, the abnormal warmth continues - upper 70s to upper 80s Monday and Tuesday. A change in the weather comes on Wednesday as a strong cold front ushers through. Temperatures will only top out in the mid 60s by the middle parts of next week.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen