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Bright and warm Thursday; Humidity climbs over the weekend

High temperatures today reached the upper 60s to middle 70s for most areas. However, a breeze out of the southeast kept afternoon temperatures cooler at the shoreline. Highs reached 70 degrees at Alpena airport, 64 in Oscoda and 74 in Atlanta.

Throughout May, we’ve only had a few days with high temperatures that have gotten above normal. The normal (long-term average) high temperature for the middle of May is in the middle 60s, which has been quite rare throughout this month. There have been 14 days with high temperatures below normal, five days warmer than normal, and one day near normal. Today’s high temperature of 70 degrees was 4 degrees above normal. So far this month, the average of the daily high temperatures is still running about 7 degrees below normal. We should get a few more red boxes on the calendar over the next few days with high temperatures that will continue to climb above normal.

Overnight low temperatures will cool to about 41 degrees with clear skies. Morning temperatures will be near 50 degrees. Winds out of the southeast will keep afternoon temperatures cooler near the shoreline, while interior areas warm to the 70s. Tomorrow’s highs will reach about 68 degrees in Alpena, 63 in Oscoda and 75 in Mio.

Humidity levels will remain very low Thursday. The dew point is a way of measuring how much moisture is in the air, and it’s a useful indicator of how humid it will feel. Dew points will climb to around 50 Friday, and into the 50s Saturday but it will still feel comfortable at those levels. Dew points will get even higher Sunday and Memorial Day, and it will feel noticeably more muggy then with dew points near 60.

High temperatures Thursday will be in the upper 60s, although it will be slightly cooler lakeside and a little warmer west of Alpena. Friday will have a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the lower 70s, and Saturday is looking similar. A chance of scattered showers will arrive Sunday. For the rest of Northeast Michigan’s weather forecast, watch the latest weather video by clicking the weather tab at the top of the page.