Looks like 70 is in our future this week

Posted at 9:33 PM, Oct 04, 2015

WEST MICHIGAN — After a few days of windy, cold, cloudy, blustery fall-like conditions, West Michigan will turn the corner as we head through this week. Temperatures are expected to warm in to the mid to upper 60s, even 70 or better by midweek, but it will be brief.

We’ll have plenty of cloudiness around on Monday here in Michigan, but temperatures will warm into the 60s. We should break up the clouds a bit more on Tuesday as temperatures approach the upper 60s, and perhaps 70 or so on Wednesday, with even more sunshine.

It has been quite the week weather-wise. A major category 4 hurricane called Joaquin battered the Bahamas for about three days with sustained winds of more than 125 mph. It also dropped almost two feet of rain in some locations there. The other thing? It generated some high tides and pounding, eroding surf along the Southeast and the mid-Atlantic coasts of the United States.

While that was occurring, a stationery frontal system and low pressure area set up shop just off the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic coast funneling in copious amounts of rain to the Carolinas in particular. South Carolina was hit by what some are referring to as historic and catastrophic flooding with one to two feet of rain over the last few days. This system is/was totally independent of Joaquin!

Our next good chance of rain (and perhaps a thunderstorm or two) arrives Thursday afternoon or evening as a cold front swings through the state. The precipitation should be gone by Friday morning, leaving things dry for Friday night football games (at least that’s the way it looks now). Temperatures will drop off in to the low to mid 60s by next weekend behind the front.

The photo attached to this story is from Facebook and Maggie Lu taken in Milham Park in Kalamazoo. Fall colors are just beginning to unfold around the state, but we’re still weeks away from peak. Get more information on them here and get the complete West Michigan 7-Day forecast at