We will be in a weather pattern transition this weekend and early next week. Here’s how the transition will affect our weekend weather.
My headline says “the beginning of the end of hot and humid weather. It will be a temporary four-day break from the hot and humid weather we’ve been experiencing in the past week or so. The gradual change to cooler weather will start with a cool front coming through Saturday.
If we are transitioning from hot and humid to cooler, it usually means a period or two of thunderstorms. We could sure use it everywhere across Michigan. One of those periods of thunderstorms could happen Saturday, especially in the afternoon.
Here’s the radar forecast for 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday.
It’s definitely not an all-day rain anywhere in Michigan this weekend. It’s your classic summer pattern, with a couple of hours of thunderstorms in any one spot. The most numerous thunderstorms will be across northern Michigan, and come Saturday afternoon and evening.
Sunday could be an entirely dry day, with the next cold front coming through Sunday night or Monday morning. After that wind shift line blows through, temperatures and humidity will go down dramatically Monday through Wednesday.
So this weekend is still quite summery. In fact, across southern Michigan I would call it still hot and humid.
First, just below is the total precip forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday morning will start with comfortable summer temperatures.
By Saturday afternoon, the southern half of Lower Michigan will definitely be very warm, with temperatures in the upper 80s. Northern Michigan will generally be in the lower 80s.
Sunday will have temperatures a few degrees cooler than Saturday. It will still warm well into the 80s for southern Michigan while Traverse City and northern Michigan will inch just towards 80 degrees.
By Tuesday, the cooler air will have taken hold with temperatures in the 70s.
It should be a decent weekend for boating, noting that you have to keep an eye to the sky for thunderstorms Saturday. The wind will just be a light breeze Saturday. he exception might be Saginaw Bay, which could have a 10 mph northeast wind. That’s not a terrible wind on Saginaw Bay, but it is from a direction that makes some waves.
Sunday will go to a northwest wind, but not really strong.
I’ll give this weekend four out of five stars. We have to even give stars for a chance of rain and thunderstorms, which we desperately need right now.