Tuesday Forecast: Record Highs in Jeopardy

Posted at 8:09 AM, Sep 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-10 08:09:36-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Unseasonably hot and humid air will hang around West Michigan Tuesday, pushing high temperatures near record territory during the afternoon.

Steamy conditions held temperatures in the 70s to near 80° early Tuesday morning, setting the stage for sunshine to heat things up even more around the region during the daytime.  Most locations will be at 90° or above in the afternoon, with heat index levels in the mid 90s at their peak.

The lone exception may be along the northern end of the Lake Michigan shoreline, where a breeze off the water will keep temperatures a bit cooler.  Still, highs in the afternoon may pass the record high of 88° in Muskegon.

The record high for September 10th in Grand Rapids is 94°.

Warm and muggy air will persist through Tuesday night and much of Wednesday as a cold front only slowly works its way through the Great Lakes.  Showers and thunderstorms will be likely along that front overnight into early Wednesday for northern and central Lower Michigan.

As the front drops southward, more storms will develop during the day into Wednesday night, with a line of stronger storms possible mainly south of Grand Rapids late in the day.

The front will clear the area by early Thursday, with much cooler air arriving by the end of the week.  You can check out the full 7 Day Forecast on the Weather page.

PHOTO ABOVE: Jessica Mullauer, Hartford