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Posted on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 12:08 p.m.

Ann Arbor Art Fair week forecast: Temperatures near 100 Tuesday, then cooler

By Cindy Heflin

If it’s Ann Arbor Art Fair week, it’s sure to be hot, and it’s likely to rain.

At least that’s the conventional wisdom, and last year’s fair certainly lived up to the heat part with temperatures topping out near 100 degrees. The previous year, storms forced an early closure for some artists one day.


A visitor to the 2011 Ann Arbor Art Fair feels the heat.

Melanie Maxwell |

So what’s the outlook for this week? Not too bad for the Art Fair itself, though the days leading up to it promise to be stifling.

This afternoon, the thermometer is expected to climb to 95, and Tuesday looks to be even hotter with a high of 99 expected, the National Weather Service says. Tuesday night will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low of about 73. The chance of rain is 40 percent.

As the Art Fair gets under way Wednesday, the threat of rain will continue but temperatures will cool a bit with a high of 89 predicted. The chance for precipitation will again be 40 percent.

The rest of the week looks almost pleasant with highs in the low 80s expected Thursday and Friday under mostly sunny skies. Saturday will be a bit warmer with a high of 86 expected as the Art Fair wraps up.

Temperatures are expected to climb back to around 90 by Sunday.

For updated forecasts and weather conditions any time, check's weather page.

Contact Cindy Heflin at 734-623-2572 or or follow her on Twitter.



Tue, Jul 17, 2012 : 5 p.m.

It never fails. When Art Fair is here? The heat or the rain or both is on. I hope they bring the rain with them. Otherwise, not sure I am ready for round 2 of 100 plus temps. A/C here I come.


Tue, Jul 17, 2012 : 2:08 p.m.

To all artists and guest alike, be safe and drink tons of water.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

Its still discusting.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 6:44 p.m.

Since there have been four days at or above 100 in Ann Arbor already, Tuesday looks good for number 5. The extreme heat should break for the Art Fair BUT: rain chances are a little higher.

David Cahill

Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 6:03 p.m.

Do you have an updated forecast for the opening of the Library Lane parking structure?

Madeleine Borthwick

Tue, Jul 17, 2012 : 3:32 p.m.

David, maybe in time for Santa Claus, yuk-yuk-yuk! ALL HAIL THE BASEMENT BOONDOGGLE! HATS OFF TO POLLAY'S FOLLY!! LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE GARAGEMAHAL!!! hey, laughing is sometimes better than crying/shaking one's fist.


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 7:04 p.m.

Highs in the mid teens with a 40% chance of snow


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 6:43 p.m.

At the rate they're going: snow


Mon, Jul 16, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get...