Heat Relief and More Sunshine

The National Weather Service office in Marquette has been keeping records since 1961, and no June 20th was quite as hot as yesterday’s. The NWS station recorded a high temperature of 94° which shattered the previous record of 88° that was recorded both in 2005 and 2012. The blistering heat will come to an end tonight as a cold front works its way across our region. Along with this front will come a chance for thunderstorms later this afternoon into this evening. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has placed portions of the central and eastern upper peninsula under a marginal risk for severe weather with the primary threats being small hail and damaging wind gusts. Once this system pushes through, expect a drier and cooler feel in the air. While temperatures Wednesday will struggle to reach the 70s along the shoreline, Thursday and Friday will see temperatures climb to around 80° for the afternoon hours across the great U.P. Expect plentiful sunshine over the next few days before a disturbance puts an end to the fair weather as we head towards the end of the workweek. Happy first official day of summer and go out there and enjoy the longest day of sunshine all year!