Temperatures soar this Memorial Day Weekend with near record heat possible
An unseasonably warm and muggy Memorial Day Weekend is upon us with temperatures getting close to 90F for some spots Sunday and perhaps into the low-90's in our warmest locations on Memorial Day.
Normal high temperatures across Northern Michigan for Memorial Day Weekend are typically in the 65-70F range (30 year average). A mild feed of warm and humid air is in place allowing temperatures Sunday to get well into the 80's with the heat peaking on Monday when parts of the area will exceed the 90F mark. As is always the case, it will be a bit cooler along the shoreline of the Great Lakes. Speaking of the lakes, water temperatures offshore of Northern Michigan are only in the 40's to around 50F.
A weak area of low pressure and an associated frontal boundary will work across the area Saturday evening/night leading to a few scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday evening. Best chances will be along/east of US-131 in the Lower Peninsula. A few storms over the Central U.P. will try to survive the trip across Lake Michigan but will most likely fall apart as they approach the Lower Peninsula Saturday evening.
Dry and warm Sunday for almost all areas. There is a slim chance for a stray thunderstorm to pop off along the lake breeze off Lake Huron (especially south) of Alpena but most spots will see a good showing of sunshine with high temperatures climbing into well into the 80's except at the lakeshore.
For Memorial Day Monday, our thoughts are we will end up with dry weather. That being said, some computer model guidance suggests a decaying area of rain/thunderstorms over the U.P./Wisconsin will make a run at the area Monday morning. I believe this will fall apart before getting here but some debris clouds could limit the sun a little Monday morning. Either way, it will be hot with mid-80's to low-90's (near record warmth) in the forecast. Certainly keep some water close by both Sunday and Monday if you will be outdoors.