WEST MICHIGAN — As expected we are opening up the weekend with very chilly temperatures in the middle 30s locally in Grand Rapids. With abundant sunshine we gain some ground into this afternoon, but not a whole lot. High temperatures will be in the lower 60s for the majority of us in West Michigan. Very light southeast to south winds go only around 5 mph today.
The lakeshore looks pretty tranquil throughout the course of Saturday with light winds and light waves.
Skies will be mostly clear overnight tonight and again temperatures will drop off to well below normal levels. The average overnight low in Grand Rapids is 51 degrees for this time of year and we will be down around 40 degrees to begin the back half of the weekend. So overall not as cool Sunday morning as what we experienced on Saturday morning but still noticeably chilly for the season.
Sunny skies on Sunday and a slowly moderating atmosphere from west to east across the Great Lakes region will result in a jump on the thermometer. Max temps will reach the upper 60s by day's end. This warming trend looks to continue into at least the first half of the coming week with numbers pushing into the mid to upper 70s by Wednesday.
After days of sunshine, a weak trough of low pressure swings across the Upper Midwest on Thursday perhaps introducing a few more clouds and maybe a shower mainly north of our viewing area. No important rainfall is anticipated through the next seven days.
A better chance for rain may emerge at some point later next weekend into early that following week.