Temperatures soar well above normal to start the weekend, colder next week

Courtesy: Janeen Wardie/Empire Bluffs

A nice weekend with warmer than normal temperature to get out and see some of the fall color. Rain will not arrive until later Sunday.

The current stretch of unseasonably warm October weather will continue into our Friday, and even into the first half of the weekend.

Strong high pressure off to the south of the Great Lakes will still provide plenty of dry, sinking air across northern Michigan on Friday, meaning a mostly sunny day with a warm southwesterly breeze. High temperatures will range from 67-77F (well above normal for late October).

Friday evening will be absolutely perfect for high school football, dropping throughout the 60s and into the 50s gradually by the end of the game. Overnight, mostly clear skies will continue for all. An exceptional night for a bonfire as lows drop into the upper 40s to middle 50s (normal lows are in the upper 30s).

A fair amount of sunshine will be around to begin our Saturday. Clouds will begin to increase west to east throughout the second half of the day, as a cold front begins to approach the region. The more noticeable storyline on Saturday will be the winds - out of the SW 15-25 mph, gusts over 30 mph. Temperatures once again will range from the middle 60s to the lower 70s.

The next round of rain rolls across Northern Michigan Sunday afternoon into the evening. We may start the day dry but rain will pass by later in the day.

A lot cooler next week with temperatures dropping off into the 50's by Tuesday and even upper-40's Wednesday. Passing showers expected Tuesday with a few of those lingering into Wednesday.

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