Warmest temps of 2020 expected by Sunday afternoon

Posted at 11:17 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 11:53:47-05

WEST MICHIGAN — A third straight weekend of great weather is anticipated around West Michigan.

Abundant sunshine and breezy south-to-southwest winds will help propel the mercury to its warmest levels of 2020 thus far. We look for highs near 60 degrees by day's end on Sunday.

Having said all of that, it will be quite chilly to start the weekend, with temperatures around 20 degrees to open on Saturday morning. Make sure to be bundled up heading out for that early morning coffee or donut. Luckily, winds will be very light and wind chills will not be much of an issue. Under mostly sunny skies tomorrow, readings will rebound through the morning and afternoon and will hit the mid-to-upper 40s by day's end for many inland communities, from around Grand Rapids and southward. Lakeshore locations will be held down several degrees from a cool breeze along the immediate shoreline. Mostly clear to partly cloudy skies will carry through Saturday evening into Sunday morning, with overnight lows staying considerably milder in the middle 30s.

Sunday offers up continued mostly sunny skies with passing high clouds. In fact, thin high clouds will be seen across the entirety of the weekend and can filter a touch of sun on occasion but should not impact projected temperatures to any great extent. Most locations should reach the upper 50s, with some spots potentially hitting 60 degrees. The RPM model's representation of daytime highs is shown below. The immediate lakeshore can be held down several degrees with the cool southwest flow pattern. Southwest winds go breezy on the back half of the weekend at 15-25 mph to 30-35 mph at times.


The weather stays mild into early next workweek with temperatures likely reaching well into the 50s on Monday. More clouds will gather by that time, however, and rain prospects will be on the increase through the afternoon into the evening.