WEST MICHIGAN — The weekend forecast brings back more summer-like weather to West Michigan. After a series of days of temperatures in the 70s, we push back into the 80s this afternoon under partly cloudy skies. Winds will show a light southerly breeze as we go along at 10-15 mph.
Conditions along the lakeshore will be a bit breezier today as well and a beach/swim hazards risk is in place for Muskegon county on northward as south winds will create waves between 2-3 feet with rip currents a distinct possibility.
Saturday should remain rain-free for all of the West Michigan viewing area. A warm front approaches and crosses the region from west to east later tonight. Latest model runs are certainly not bullish with precipitation but an isolated shower is possible mainly north of I-96 in the overnight period.
Behind this front we get into a very sticky and uncomfortable atmosphere for Sunday and into Monday. Though an afternoon stray shower or thunderstorm cannot be completely dismissed on Sunday, it appears that most hours will have a mix of sun and clouds and rain-free conditions. Temperatures on Sunday look to hit the upper 80s. With dew points around 70 to the lower 70s, heat indices can push as high as the middle 90s.
The best chance for showers and thunderstorms will come overnight Sunday into Monday morning when a more formidable upper-level disturbance approaches from the west and northwest. This disturbance, however, will likely be dampening out, or weakening, as it arrives so the scope of rainfall still remains to be seen. Nonetheless, early Monday morning looks to be our best shot for rain over the next several days.
The pattern is definitely a warm one and oftentimes humid right on through next workweek and likely into next weekend as well. A slight chance for showers and thunderstorms re-enters the picture Thursday into Friday.