Warmth to gradually build this weekend into next week

Several days of sunshine are in the forecast with slowly rising temperatures this weekend into early next week.

Northern Michigan will be entering a dry spell at least for a few days with warmer and somewhat more humid weather on the way rolling into our weekend.

Quite the change on the way from earlier in the week as unseasonably cool weather peels eastbound and out of the area with milder air coming on off the Plains on the way. We will get back into the 70's Thursday with a nice showing of sunshine expected along with dry weather. The nearest spotty afternoon showers to us will pop up in the Central U.P. but will not make any eastward progress so we expect a dry day. Highs will range from 71F at Engadine/Manistee/Alpena/Beaver Island to 76F at Big Rapids. West winds expected.

For those who enjoy warmer weather, it gets better into the weekend and into next week. High pressure will pass east of the area by Friday with winds on the backside of that high rolling in from the southwest. That allows high temperatures to jump well into the 70's Friday and get close to if not into the low-80's over the weekend. By next week, most spots will be firmly into the 80's with a noted rise in the humidity.

Not much rain in the shorter range with at best a stray shower/storm Saturday afternoon, but even that is a pretty slim chance. A cold front passes in the Tuesday/Wednesday timeframe next week which will lead to our best chance for showers/storms.