High temperatures in Alpena heated up to 95 degrees today and set a new record. The old record for July 19 was 93 degrees, set in 1991. Hot and muggy air has been moving in from the southern Plains. An incoming cold front will put an end to the high heat this weekend.
Thunderstorms in Minnesota and Wisconsin are moving east and will affect northern Michigan later tonight. In our area, the greatest chance of any strong storms will start after midnight and continue until the early-morning hours tomorrow.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a level 3 risk of severe weather for western Presque Isle county, most of Montmorency County, the western half of Oscoda county, and all points west to Lake Michigan. The level 3 risk includes Onaway, Atlanta and Mio. Farther east, the risk of severe weather is ranked at a level 2 which includes Alpena, Rogers City, Harrisville, Oscoda and Tawas City. The major hazards with any thunderstorms late tonight will be damaging wind gusts (over 58 mph) and flooding downpours.
A few isolated showers are possible tomorrow and plenty of dry periods too. High temperatures will reach the middle 80s Saturday afternoon. Cooler air will move in Sunday with afternoon highs near 80 degrees and partly cloudy skies. High temperatures in the middle to upper 70s are expected Monday and Tuesday. 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.