Thunderstorms sweep in tonight after dark

Hot weather Wednesday gives way to thunderstorms Wednesday night.

Much needed rain is on the way Wednesday night as a cold front passes by.

Northern Michigan has seen a string of sun filled and warm days as high pressure has controlled our weather since late last week. Changes are on the horizon though as a push of cooler Canadian air will drop into the area behind a cold front that crosses our region Wednesday night.

We could use the rain. Alpena, Houghton Lake, and Traverse City are all running well under an inch so far this month in rain with only Sault Ste. Marie close to normal for August. In fact, Traverse City and Houghton Lake have each only seen just over a half inch total so far compared to the normal which would be closer to two inches by this point of the month.

It will be a very warm to hot day Wednesday ahead of that front. Gusty southwest winds will pump up the temperatures with many spots well into the 80's or even close to 90F.

Thunderstorms will blow up over Wisconsin and West/Central Upper Michigan Wednesday afternoon and arrive in our area around dark and carry over into the overnight hours. The severe risk is rather minimal locally but any storms could have gusty winds, some small hail, frequent thunder/lightning, and heavy downpours.

Skies will clear quickly later Thursday morning with cooler temperatures on north winds. Highs Thursday will range in the 75-80F degree range. Sunshine Friday and Saturday with 70's forecasted.