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      Spring storms will usher in summer warmth

      After a chilly and somewhat even snowy April, we have suddenly found ourselves thrown right into early summer warmth in parts of Northern Michigan.

      Rain and thunderstorms blossomed early Tuesday morning dumping some heavy rain along with a few reports of small hail at Hart in Oceana County, as well as at Ludington and Bar Lake located along Lake Michigan north of Manistee.

      Those storms developed along a warm front that will finally lift across the state by Tuesday evening. The good news for those looking for warmth is (as Seals and Crofts used to say) a warm summer breeze will take over on south winds with temperatures Tuesday reaching well into the 70's to near 80F across Northern Lower Michigan with 60's across the U.P. and Straits region where it will be a little cooler.

      We remain in the warm sector of this system through at least Thursday with southwest winds and mild temperatures through Thursday with Lower Michigan seeing 70's for highs with 50's/60's across the Upper Peninsula. There will be a slight chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm Wednesday, but most areas will remain dry.