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Dry weather continues Wednesday

Dry weather will persist overnight and into Wednesday. Mainly clear skies will last through tonight. A storm system passing to our south will contribute increasing cloud Wednesday. Instability over the Plains is currently sparking scattered showers over parts of western Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. As that instability slides eastward into Michigan, a few spotty showers or thunderstorms will be possible Thursday afternoon.

The latest drought monitor shows a moderate drought over parts of Northeast Michigan, extending from Alpena southward. Areas farther north are in comparatively better shape with less of a drought, indicated by abnormally dry conditions toward the Tip of the Mitt. Despite some chances of pop-up showers later in the week, there won’t be significant rainfall to dampen these drought conditions.

High temperatures Tuesday got up to 73 degrees in Alpena, that’s close to normal for early-June. Temperatures in the 70s were widespread across the Midwest. Temperatures Wednesday afternoon will reach highs in the middle 70s. There won’t be much change in the air mass during the next 24 to 48 hours. Beyond that, heat will build heading into the weekend.

Wednesday: Early breaks of sun will give way to increasing clouds. Predawn temperatures will cool to about 48 degrees. Late-morning temperatures will climb to the upper 60s. Afternoon highs will reach close to 75 degrees. Evening temperatures will be mainly in the 60s.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a chance of spotty showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. Early-morning temperatures will begin close to 51 degrees. Temperatures will rise to near 70 degrees during the late-morning. Afternoon highs will get up to around 77 degrees. Evening temperatures will head into the 60s.

Friday: Warmer with a chance of spotty showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. Early-morning lows will begin near 55 degrees. Temperatures will warm to about 81 degrees in the afternoon. Evening temperatures will go into the 70s and upper 60s.

Temperatures look to become even hotter for the weekend. 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.

May in review: Temperatures throughout May averaged close to “normal.” Normal values are calculated using averages over a 30-year period, which now spans from 1991 to 2020. Daily high temperatures averaged to 67 degrees, which is 1 degree warmer than normal. The average of all the low temperatures was 40 degrees, which is 1 degree below normal. Total rainfall for the month amounted close to 0.6 inches more than normal.