Still cool & brisk Saturday, shift to warmer pattern late week

Posted at 10:22 AM, May 09, 2020

WEST MICHIGAN — Another well below normal temperature day is to shake out here on Saturday with highs only reaching the lower 50s. The brief period of clouds we have seen this morning is already being followed up by much better sunshine and this will continue into the afternoon.

Winds will once again be on the brisk side today adding an extra chill to the air. A general westerly flow picks up this morning at 15-25 mph gusting to between 30 to perhaps 40 mph.

Winds will relax this evening as they shift to the southwest ahead of a weather system set to bring wet conditions to West Michigan starting on Sunday morning.

This will not be a major rain producer but it will cause the back half of the weekend to be cloudy and quite damp. The added clouds tomorrow will hold temperatures to well below normal levels once again in the lower 50s.

The best rain amounts will be south of I-96 where even a thundershower will be possible.

As this clipper system moves off to the east early Monday morning, another lobe of unseasonably chilly air will settle into the Great Lakes behind it.

Despite decreasing morning clouds and a decent amount of afternoon sunshine, many locations will struggle to get out of the upper 40s on Monday on breezy northwest winds. We remain in the northwest wind flow regime for Tuesday ensuring another well below normal temperature day. With abundant sunshine, however, we will gain several degrees and reach into the lower half of the 50s.

With a shift in winds back to the south Wednesday and with some sunshine in the mix at least through early afternoon, the mercury heads back for the 60 degree marker for the first time in several days. Our next system arrives later Wednesday evening into Thursday morning with showers and possible thunderstorms.

Periods of rain and possible thunderstorms will accompany warmer temps in the middle to upper 60s on Thursday.

This system will have the potential to produce some heavy downpours across the Midwest. This rain looks to exit early Friday morning leaving some sunshine behind and temperatures in the upper half of the 60s once again.

Models go in different directions with regards to how our weather can play out next weekend, but a consensus of information keeps temperatures at least in the 60s and possibly the 70s. A chance for showers is on the table at some point Saturday into Sunday.