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Refreshing Friday; Sunshine and Warming Temperatures This Weekend

Early this morning, we had partly cloudy but very warm and humid conditions. Midday temperatures were around 90 degrees and the dew point was in the mid-70s, making it feel exceptionally humid outside. Midday thunderstorms developed as a result of the high humidity just ahead of an incoming cold front. Around 1 p.m., storms began to fire up to the west, affecting Montmorency and Oscoda counties first. An hour after the thunderstorms initially developed, heavy rain poured and thunder rumbled in Alpena around 2 p.m. The main band of heavy downpours and thunderstorms pushed east around 3 p.m., though some isolated showers lingered. Overnight, skies will become clear and temperatures have already begun to cool down.

Before the showers and thunderstorms rumbled in Northeast Michigan, temperatures heated up into the 90s for many areas. The warmest spots had a strong westerly breeze in the early afternoon and were the latest to see the arrival of today’s thunderstorms — Oscoda reached 97 degrees and Tawas reached 96.

Skies will clear out tonight, and sunny skies will shine tomorrow, as a high pressure system currently over western Minnesota will move over Wisconsin. Out ahead of the high pressure system, a breeze out of the north will bring cooler temperatures, keeping highs only in the upper 70s. Heat will build well to the west of the high pressure system, but it will take until Sunday for the warmer temperatures to move back into Michigan.

Tomorrow afternoon, the high temperature will reach 77 degrees in Alpena. Sunny skies will last through Saturday, then a few clouds will move in Sunday. Over the weekend, high temperatures will warm up into the 80s. Our next chance of showers will enter early Monday, but it is a fairly low chance, only 30%. High temperatures will remain in the 80s through the middle of the upcoming week.